December 2011 and calendar year traffic stats announced by Southwest

Southwest Airlines has reported December 2011 combined traffic results for Southwest Airlines and AirTran (which became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest on 2 May).

For purposes of comparability, the company has provided combined traffic results for Southwest Airlines and AirTran for periods prior to the acquisition date.

The Company flew 8,195,341,000 revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in December 2011, which was comparable – a fall of just 0.3% – to the 8,222,991,000 combined RPMs flown in December 2010. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased by 1.8% to 10,454,875,000 from the December 2010 combined level of 10,265,582,000.

The load factor for December 2011 was 78.4%, compared with the combined load factor of 80.1% in December 2010, a drop of 1.7 percentage points. Revenue passengers carried in December 2011 totalled 8,933,476, compared with 8,901,503 in the same month a year previously, a small increase of 0.4 %.

For the year ended 31 December 2011, the company flew 103,864,488,000 combined RPMs, compared with 97,597,121,000 combined RPMs flown for the same period in 2010, an increase of 6.4%. The combined ASMs totalled 128,518,201,000, an increase of 4.9% over 2010’s figure of 122,460,579,000.

The 2011 load factor was 80.8%, up by 1.1 pp compared with 2010’s load factor of 79.7%. Revenue passengers carried in 2011 numbered 110,141,610, which was 2.4% more than the 107,605,957 carried in 2010.

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