May traffic data reported for Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines has announced its traffic figures for May 2010, including an increase in the year-on-year load factor.

The airline flew 6,662,712,000 revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in May 2010, a 3.5%increase from the 6,434,369,000 flown in May 2009. Available seat miles (ASMs) in May 2010 were essentially flat – 8,629,255,000 in May 2010 versus 8,624,950,000 in May 2009.

The load factor for the month was up 2.6 percentage points at 77.2%, compared with 74.6% for the same period last year. Revenue passengers carried totalled 7,635,532, an increase of 2.3% over last May’s 7,466,279.

For May 2010, passenger revenue per ASM is estimated to have increased in the 19 to 20 percent range as compared to May 2009.

For the first five months of 2010, Southwest flew 30.3 billion RPMs, compared to 29.8 billion RPMs for the same period in 2009, an increase of 1.5%. Available seat miles decreased 4.4% to 39.5 billion from the 2009 level of 41.3 billion. The year-to-date load factor therefore up at 76.8%, compared with 72.3% for the same period last year.

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