Southwest Airlines Reports June Traffic

Jul 9, 2012

DALLAS, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today reported June 2012 consolidated traffic results for Southwest Airlines and AirTran. AirTran became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co. ("the Company") on May 2, 2011. For purposes of comparability, second quarter 2011 and year-to-date 2011 traffic results presented in the accompanying tables include the combined results of Southwest Airlines and AirTran for periods prior to the acquisition date.

The Company flew 9.6 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in June 2012, which was comparable to the RPMs flown in June 2011. Available seat miles (ASMs) decreased 0.7 percent to 11.4 billion from 11.5 billion ASMs in June 2011. The June 2012 load factor was 84.4 percent, compared to 83.9 percent in June 2011. For June 2012, passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) is estimated to have increased approximately six percent as compared to June 2011.

For the second quarter of 2012, the Company flew 27.2 billion RPMs, compared to 27.6 billion combined RPMs flown in the same period in 2011, a decrease of 1.6 percent. Second quarter 2012 ASMs decreased 1.2 percent to 33.2 billion from the combined ASMs of 33.6 billion for the same period in 2011. The second quarter 2012 load factor was 81.9 percent, compared to the combined load factor of 82.2 percent for the same period in 2011.

For the first half of 2012, the Company flew 50.9 billion RPMs, compared to 51.4 billion combined RPMs flown in the same period in 2011, a decrease of 0.9 percent. The year-to-date 2012 ASMs were 63.9 billion, which was comparable to the combined ASMs for the same period in 2011. The year-to-date 2012 load factor was 79.7 percent, compared to the combined load factor of 80.4 percent for the same period in 2011.

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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

PRELIMINARY COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS

















JUNE










2012


2011


CHANGE















Revenue passengers carried


9,970,451


9,893,105


0.8 %








Enplaned passengers


12,244,503


12,249,428


-








Revenue passenger miles (000)


9,621,741


9,630,541


(0.1)%








Available seat miles (000)


11,399,302


11,485,357


(0.7)%








Load factor


84.4%


83.9%


0.5 pts.








Average length of haul


965


973


(0.8)%








Trips flown


118,743


122,783


(3.3)%

















SECOND QUARTER










2012


2011


CHANGE















Revenue passengers carried


28,859,348


28,826,013


0.1 %








Enplaned passengers


35,210,151


35,559,232


(1.0)%








Revenue passenger miles (000)


27,206,498


27,646,263


(1.6)%








Available seat miles (000)


33,230,589


33,639,005


(1.2)%








Load factor


81.9%


82.2%


(0.3) pts.








Average length of haul


943


959


(1.7)%








Trips flown


352,726


362,691


(2.7)%

















YEAR-TO-DATE










2012


2011


CHANGE















Revenue passengers carried


54,420,170


54,407,408


-








Enplaned passengers


66,364,573


66,753,484


(0.6)%








Revenue passenger miles (000)


50,891,364


51,361,692


(0.9)%








Available seat miles (000)


63,863,482


63,902,550


(0.1)%








Load factor


79.7%


80.4%


(0.7) pts.








Average length of haul


935


944


(1.0)%








Trips flown


686,622


696,258


(1.4)%

SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.

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