Southwest Airlines sees strong November traffic

Southwest Airlines flew a total of 12,141,358 passengers during November 2015, which is an 11.4% increase on the 10,898,103 passengers carried during the same month the previous year.
The carrier’s available seat miles (ASMs) grew by 9.7% year-over year from 10,674,900,000 to 11,707,019,000, while revenue passenger miles (RPMs) rose by 13.9% from 8,553,730,000 to 9,743,256,000. As a result, Southwest’s load factor is up 3.1 percentage points across the same respective periods from 80.1% to 83.2%.
Based on these results and current trends, the airline estimates its fourth quarter 2015 operating revenue per ASM will be approximately flat to down 1.0% compared with the fourth quarter of 2014.
For the eleven months ended November 2015, Southwest flew 107.5 billion RPMs compared with 98.8 billion RPMs during the same period in 2014, an increase of 8.8%. Year-to-date 2015 have ASMs increased 7.2% to a level of 128.4 billion, compared with 119.9 billion in with year-to-date 2014. The load factor for the last eleven months now stands at 83.7%, 1.3% higher than the 82.4% logged for the 2014 year-to-date.

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