Southwest Airlines Reports December Traffic

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) (the "Company") today reported its December, fourth quarter, and total year preliminary traffic statistics.

The Company flew 10.4 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in December 2016, an increase of 4.2 percent from the 10.0 billion RPMs flown in December 2015. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 4.8 percent to 12.6 billion in December 2016, compared with December 2015 ASMs of 12.1 billion. The December 2016 load factor was 82.6 percent, compared with 83.0 percent in December 2015. Based on these results and an improvement in close-in yields, the Company now estimates its fourth quarter 2016 operating revenue per ASM (RASM) will decline in the 3.0 to 4.0 percent range, as compared with fourth quarter 2015.

This release, as well as past news releases about Southwest Airlines Co., is available online at Southwest.com.

 

Southwest Airlines Co.

Preliminary Comparative Traffic Statistics

 

DECEMBER

 

2016

 

2015

 

Change

Revenue passengers carried

10,561,159

 

10,105,907

 

4.5%

Enplaned passengers

12,845,248

 

12,371,034

 

3.8%

Revenue passenger miles (000s)

10,445,407

 

10,020,969

 

4.2%

Available seat miles (000s)

12,645,787

 

12,068,272

 

4.8%

Load factor

82.6%

 

83.0%

 

(0.4) pts.

Average length of haul

989

 

992

 

(0.3)%

Trips flown

111,765

 

108,208

 

3.3%

           

FOURTH QUARTER

 

2016

 

2015

 

Change

Revenue passengers carried

32,006,767

 

30,368,454

 

5.4%

Enplaned passengers

38,779,938

 

37,039,737

 

4.7%

Revenue passenger miles (000s)

31,366,176

 

29,727,972

 

5.5%

Available seat miles (000s)

37,147,109

 

35,367,574

 

5.0%

Load factor

84.4%

 

84.1%

 

0.3 pts.

Average length of haul

980

 

979

 

0.1%

Trips flown

329,740

 

319,178

 

3.3%

           

TOTAL YEAR

 

2016

 

2015

 

Change

Revenue passengers carried

124,719,765

 

118,171,211

 

5.5%

Enplaned passengers

151,740,357

 

144,574,882

 

5.0%

Revenue passenger miles (000s)

124,797,986

 

117,499,879

 

6.2%

Available seat miles (000s)

148,522,051

 

140,501,409

 

5.7%

Load factor

84.0%

 

83.6%

 

0.4 pts.

Average length of haul

1,001

 

994

 

0.7%

Trips flown

1,311,149

 

1,267,358

 

3.5%

 

SW-T

 

SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.

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