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Southwest Airlines’ Latest Numbers

Southwest Airlines saw a 3.6 percent year-over-year increase in traffic last month, with a total of 10.7 billion revenue passenger miles, the carrier said in its latest monthly report.

Available seat miles jumped by 4.6 percent to 12.7 billion last month, while load factor stood at 84.6 percent, up from 85.4 percent in August 2015.

The company said it expected its third-quarter 2016 operating revenue to decline in the range of between 3.5 percent and 4.5 percent as compared with the third quarter of 2015.

Approximately 0.5 percent of that decline resulted from the company’s July 2016 technology outage, the carrier said.

While not at the level of competitor JetBlue, Southwest has been steadily expanding its presence in the Caribbean, most recently with new daily flights from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau, Bahamas.

— CJ Staff

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