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Southwest Airlines Reports September 2017 Traffic

Southwest Airlines Reports September 2017 Traffic

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:  LUV) today reported its September, third quarter, and year-to-date preliminary traffic statistics.

The Company flew 9.5 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in September 2017, a decrease of 4.5 percent from the 9.9 billion RPMs flown in September 2016. Available seat miles (ASMs) decreased 1.6 percent to 11.6 billion in September 2017, compared with September 2016 ASMs of 11.8 billion. The September 2017 load factor was 81.7 percent, compared with 84.2 percent in September 2016. Based on these results and consistent with guidance furnished in a Form 8-K filed on September 28, 2017, the Company continues to estimate its third quarter 2017 operating revenue per ASM (RASM) to be flat to down one percent, as compared with third quarter 2016.

Southwest Airlines Co. 

Preliminary Comparative Traffic Statistics

SEPTEMBER

2017

2016

Change

Revenue passengers carried

9,892,965

10,148,682

(2.5)%

Enplaned passengers

11,925,104

12,302,964

(3.1)%

Revenue passenger miles (000s)

9,489,624

9,938,610

(4.5)%

Available seat miles (000s)

11,610,795

11,797,272

(1.6)%

Load factor

81.7%

84.2%

(2.5) pts.

Average length of haul

959

979

(2.0)%

Trips flown

104,379

105,535

(1.1)%

THIRD QUARTER

2017

2016

Change

Revenue passengers carried

33,029,537

31,768,550

4.0%

Enplaned passengers

40,232,993

38,852,737

3.6%

Revenue passenger miles (000s)

33,128,227

32,315,952

2.5%

Available seat miles (000s)

39,053,164

37,881,510

3.1%

Load factor

84.8%

85.3%

(0.5) pts.

Average length of haul

1,003

1,017

(1.4)%

Trips flown

341,086

332,420

2.6%

YEAR-TO-DATE

2017

2016

Change

Revenue passengers carried

96,561,189

92,712,998

4.2%

Enplaned passengers

117,248,334

112,960,419

3.8%

Revenue passenger miles (000s)

96,851,582

93,431,810

3.7%

Available seat miles (000s)

115,924,258

111,374,942

4.1%

Load factor

83.5%

83.9%

(0.4) pts.

Average length of haul

1,003

1,008

(0.5)%

Trips flown

1,010,703

981,409

3.0%

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