Southwest Passenger Traffic Up for January
Southwest Airlines announced operational results for January 2014. The airline’s planes were fuller for the month, with a decrease in capacity and an increased load factor.
The Dallas-based airline said that capacity dropped 2.6% to 9.7 billion available seat miles from 10 billion in January 2013.
Southwest’s system traffic, expressed in revenue passenger miles or RPMs, was 7.4 billion, a 2.2% increase from the same period in 2013.
The airline estimates that passenger revenue per average seat mile, or Prasm, is up by 5%. January’s Prasm includes one point of benefit from weather-related cancellations during that period.
Southwest’s load factor was 76.3%, up 3.6 percentage points from January 2013’s 72.7%.
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