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Southwest Airlines reports April traffic figures

7th May 2009 - 15:44 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Southwest Airlines flew 6,517,856,000 revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in April 2009, a 4.1% increase from the 6,261,385,000 RPMs flown in April 2008. Available seat miles (ASMs) decreased by 1.9% to 8,463,511,000 from the April 2008 level of 8,625,382,000. The load factor for the month was 77.0%, compared to 72.6% for April last year.

The total revenue passengers carried in April numbered 7,551,740, a 1.5% decrease on April 2008's 7,667,160.

The airline says that April 2009 passenger revenues per ASM are estimated to be in line with last year, as expected. Current revenue and booking trends, however, continue to be adversely impacted by the weak economic environment and also by concerns over the recent H1N1 Swine Flu outbreak. Therefore, the company currently expects the year-over-year decline in second quarter 2009 passenger revenues per ASM to exceed first quarter 2009's decline of 2.8%.

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