Southwest Airlines Reports June Traffic Up 16.4 Percent

Southwest Airlines Co. announced today that the Company flew 2,852.6 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in June 1998, a 16.4 percent increase over the 2,451.0 million flown in June 1997. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 6.5 percent to 3,925.3 million from the June 1997 level of 3,686.3 million. The load factor for the month was 72.7 percent, up 6.2 points from 1997.

For the second quarter of 1998, Southwest flew 8,225.1 million RPMs, compared with the 7,014.5 million recorded for the same period in 1997, an increase of 17.3 percent. Available seat miles increased 6.7 percent to 11,712.9 million from the 1997 second quarter level of 10,981.2 million. The 1998 second quarter load factor was 70.2 percent, up 6.3 points from the same period last year.


For the first half of 1998, Southwest flew 15,124.0 million RPMs, compared with the 13,547.5 million recorded for the same period of 1997, an increase of 11.6 percent. Available seat miles increased 6.9 percent to 22,983.1 million from the 1997 level of 21,498.8 million. The year-to-date load factor was 65.8 percent, up 2.8 points from the same period last year.


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