Southwest Reports Decline in Load Factor for January, Forecasts Drop in RASM in Q1

By Jesse Sokolow on 8 February 2017
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Southwest Airlines announced operational results for January 2017.

The carrier’s total system traffic was 9.35 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a year-over-year increase of 4.6% from 8.94 billion RPMs in January 2016.

The airline reported a total system capacity of 12.27 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, up 6.2% from 11.54 billion the previous January.

Meanwhile, Southwest’s load factor for the month dropped, down to 76.3% from 77.5% the preceding January, a 1.2 percentage point decrease.

The carrier also forecast a drop of 1% in RASM for the first quarter of this year.

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