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December 9, 2010

Southwest Reports 10.7 Percent Rise in November Traffic

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By: BNO News
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Low-fare airline operator Southwest Airlines Co. on Wednesday announced that the carrier 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.

Southwest 737-700 (N462WN) landing at LAX. (Photo by Eric Dunetz)

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.