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Southwest Airlines Reports November Traffic

Southwest Airlines Reports November Traffic

DALLAS, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 6.5 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in November 2010, a 10.7 percent increase from the 5.9 billion RPMs flown in November 2009. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 5.7 percent to 8.1 billion from the November 2009 level of 7.7 billion. The load factor for the month was 80.1 percent, compared to 76.5 percent for the same period last year. For November 2010, passenger revenue per ASM is estimated to have increased in the seven to eight percent range as compared to November 2009.

 

For the eleven months ended November 30, 2010, Southwest flew 71.4 billion RPMs, compared to 68.5 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2009, an increase of 4.3 percent. Available seat miles remained flat from the November 2009 level of 90.2 billion. The year-to-date load factor was 79.2 percent, compared to 76.0 percent for the same period last year.

This release, as well as past news releases on Southwest, are available online at southwest.com.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

PRELIMINARY COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS

NOVEMBER

2010

2009

CHANGE

Revenue passengers carried

7,362,817

7,028,993

4.7 %

Enplaned passengers

8,858,830

8,255,414

7.3 %

Revenue passenger miles (000)

6,506,882

5,879,163

10.7 %

Available seat miles (000)

8,127,548

7,686,018

5.7 %

Load factor

80.1%

76.5%

3.6 pts.

Average length of haul

884

836

5.7 %

Trips flown

91,159

89,286

2.1 %

YEAR-TO-DATE

2010

2009

CHANGE

Revenue passengers carried

80,901,928

79,273,009

2.1 %

Enplaned passengers

97,281,181

92,983,281

4.6 %

Revenue passenger miles (000)

71,398,991

68,486,053

4.3 %

Available seat miles (000)

90,166,606

90,168,802

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Load factor

79.2%

76.0%

3.2 pts.

Average length of haul

883

864

2.2 %

Trips flown

1,021,956

1,034,327

(1.2)%

SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.

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