Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 4.0 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in March 2001, an 11.1 percent increase from the 3.6 billion RPMs flown in March 2000. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 12.1 percent to 5.5 billion from the March 2000 level of 4.9 billion. The load factor for the month was 72.2 percent, compared to 72.9 percent for the same period last year.
For the first quarter 2001, Southwest flew 10.7 billion RPMs, compared to the 9.5 billion RPMs recorded for the same period of 2000, an increase of 12.8 percent. Available seat miles increased 12.0 percent to 15.9 billion from the 2000 level of 14.2 billion. The first quarter load factor was 67.3 percent, compared to 66.8 percent for the same period last year.
This release, as well as past news releases on Southwest, are available online at www.southwest.com.
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
PRELIMINARY COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS
|Revenue passengers carried||5,855,586||5,410,319||8.2 %|
|Revenue passenger miles (000)||3,970,209||3,572,124||11.1 %|
|Available seat miles (000)||5,495,532||4,903,319||12.1 %|
|Load factor||72.2%||72.9%||(0.7) pts.|
|Average length of haul||678||660||2.7 %|
|Trips flown||80,260||75,515||6.3 %|
|Revenue passengers carried||15,714,766||14,389,276||9.2 %|
|Revenue passenger miles (000)||10,661,624||9,453,201||12.8 %|
|Available seat miles (000)||15,852,999||14,153,959||12.0 %|
|Load factor||67.3%||66.8%||0.5 pts.|
|Average length of haul||678||657||3.2 %|
|Trips flown||231,793||218,615||6.0 %|
SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.
Web site: http://www.southwest.com