Southwest Reports March Traffic and Prasm Increase
The carrier’s total system traffic for March was 10.241 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a year-over-year increase of 6.7% from 9.596 billion RPMs in March 2014. For Q1 2015, Southwest had 25.861 billion RPMs, a 7.1% increase from 24.155 billion RPMs in Q1 2014.
The airline had a total system capacity of 12.144 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, for the month, up 4.4% from 11.605 billion last March. The carrier’s total system traffic for the quarter was 32.297 billion ASMs, an increase of 6% from last year’s 30.475 billion.
Meanwhile, passenger load factor 84.5%, a 1.8 percentage point increase from 82.7% last March. The airline’s load factor for Q1 2015 was 80.1%, up 0.8 percentage points from 79.3% last year.
Southwest also said that its Prasm, or passenger revenue per available seat mile, had increased by approximately 1% year-over-year.
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