Oct 5 Southwest Airlines Co said on
Friday traffic fell 2.1 percent in September, as fewer
passengers boarded its planes.
The Dallas-based discount carrier said traffic, measured by
revenue passenger miles, fell to 7.76 billion in the month from
7.93 billion a year earlier. Capacity, as measured by available
seat miles, was down 1 percent.
Passenger revenue per available seat mile, an important
measure called unit revenue, is estimated to have fallen 2
percent to 3 percent in September from the year before. In the
third quarter, unit revenue likely increased about 1 percent,
For the third quarter, traffic was down 0.6 percent as
capacity shrank 0.7 percent.
Load factor, or the percentage of plane seats filled, edged
down to 77.0 percent in September from 77.8 percent a year