Southwest Airlines announces traffic increases during April 2017

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) has reported its April and year-to-date preliminary traffic statistics, the airline said.

Southwest flew 11.2 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in April 2017, an increase of 8.4% from the 10.4 billion RPMs flown in April 2016.

Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 7.6% to 13.4 billion in April 2017, compared with April 2016 ASMs of 12.4 billion.

The April 2017 load factor was a record for the month of April at 84.0%, compared with 83.4% in April 2016.

Based on these results and current trends, the carrier continues to expect its second quarter 2017 operating revenue per ASM (RASM) to increase in the one to two% range, as compared with second quarter 2016.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) operates a network of 101 destinations in the United States and eight additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season. Its 53,000 employees serve more than 100 million customers annually. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 704 Boeing 737 aircraft.