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Southwest Airlines reports Jul-08 load factors fall sharply


Southwest Airlines reported its load factors fell a concerning 5.1 ppts in Jul-08 to 76.3%. Southwest also reports it transported 9.3 million passengers in Jul-08, of which 8.0 million were revenue passengers. Traffic (RPMs) fell 2.3% year-on-year, while the carrier’s capacity increased (ASMs) 4.3% capacity (ASMs) during the period. [975 words]

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  • Fuel hedging strategy proving successful
  • Aims to increase presence at Lambert Airport, consolidate position in Florida

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  • Southwest Airlines traffic highlights for Jun-08
  • Southwest monthly passenger traffic (millions) and load factor (%): 12 months to 31-Jul-07 vs 12 months to 31-Jul-08
  • North American carriers passenger traffic (RPM) and passenger load factor (%): Jul-08
  • Southwest Airlines traffic highlights for seven months ended 31-Jul-08
  • Southwest Fuel Hedging Programme: as at Jul-08
  • Lambert-St. Louis International Airport domestic capacity share by carrier: Week commencing 18-Aug-08
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