South­west re­ports boost in pas­sen­gers

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESSBRIEFING -

Traf­fic on South­west Air­lines Co. rose 5 per­cent last month, as the Dal­las-based car­rier had more pas­sen­gers and its planes were more full.

South­west said pay­ing pas­sen­gers flew 7.07 bil­lion miles in June, com­pared with 6.73 bil­lion a year ear­lier. The air­line’s ca­pac­ity, or num­ber of avail­able seats, rose 1.9 per­cent to 8.63 bil­lion avail­able seat miles. South­west’s load fac­tor, or the per­cent­age of seats filled, in­creased by 2.4 per­cent­age points to 81.9 per­cent.

It’s a sign the U.S. air­line in­dus­try is con­tin­u­ing to im­prove steadily. South­west car­ries more pas­sen­gers than any other U.S. car­rier.

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