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Southwest Airlines announces September traffic stats

Southwest Airlines has reported traffic figures for September 2010 plus revenue per ASM results.

The company flew 6,064,311,000 revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in September 2010, a 5.1% increase from the 5,771,993,000 RPMs flown in September 2009. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased by 4.7% to 8,083,556,000 from the September 2009 level of 7,723,485,000.

The load factor for the month rose by 0.3 percentage points to 75.0%, compared to 74.7% for the same period last year. Revenue passengers carried numbered 6,929,811, an increase of 2.2% from September 2009’s figure of 6,778,713.

For September 2010, Southwest estimates that its passenger revenue per ASM (RASM) increased by approximately 11% compared to September 2009.

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