Southwest achieves record October load factor

During October 2015, Southwest Airlines recorded a load factor of 85.9%, a 2.8% increase compared with the 83.1% achieved in October 2014 and an all-time high for the month.This was a result of the carrier flying 10 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) throughout October 2015 – a 10.8% increase from the 9 billion RPMs flown during the same month the previous year – against a 7.2% year-on-year growth in available seat miles (ASMs) from 10.8 billion to 11.6 billion.The number of RPMs reflects the growth in passengers carried, which rose by 10% from 9,288,089 in October 2014 to 10,220,937 in October 2015. Trips flown for the month increased from 104,279 in 2014 to 105,690 in 2015, whilst the average length of the flights also increased (from 968 to 975 respectively).Based on these results and current trends, Southwest continues to estimate its fourth quarter 2015 operating revenue per ASM (RASM) will increase approximately 1.0% in comparison with the fourth quarter of 2014.

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