Southwest Airlines announces June and 1H11 traffic data

Southwest Airlines has reported June 2011 and half-year (1H11) traffic results for itself and AirTran Airways.

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

The company flew 9,630,540,000 revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in June 2011, compared with 8,958,462,000 combined RPMs flown in June 2010, an increase of 7.5%. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased by 6.2% to 11,485,357,000 from the June 2010 combined level of 10,817,312,000.

The load factor for June 2011 was 83.9 %, compared to the combined load factor of 82.8% in June 2010. Total revenue passengers carried numbered 9,893,940, a 3.3% increase over the 9,573,930 carried last June.

For June 2011, Southwest Airlines’ passenger revenue per ASM (excluding AirTran Airways) is estimated to have increased by approximately 5% compared with June 2010.

RPMs for the first half of 2011 were up 9.4% at 51,361,693,000 from 46,945,728,000 in 1H10, while ASMs were raised to 63,902,550,000, 6.5% more than the 60,015,014,000 in 1H10.

These figures created a load factor for 1H11 of 80.4%, which was 2.2 percentage points above the 78.2% recorded in the same period last year. Revenue passengers carried totalled 54,408,243 compared with 52,308,579 in 1H10, a 4.0% increase.

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