January traffic figures announced by Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines has announced its traffic figures for January 2010 featuring a load factor increase of 9.3 pp.

The airline flew 5,499,087,000 revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in January 2010, a 7.1% increase from the 5,135,380,000 RPMs flown in January 2009. Available seat miles (ASMs) decreased by 6.7% to 7,622,575,000 from the January 2009 level of 8,172,539,000.

The load factor for the month was 72.1%, compared with 62.8% for the same period last year. For January 2010, passenger revenue per ASM is estimated to have increased in the 14%-15% range compared to January 2009.

Revenue passengers carried numbered 6,500,716, an 8,6% increase on January1009’s figure of 5,988,116.

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