Southwest Airlines Co. on Monday said January traffic rose 8.8 percent on expanded capacity on its flights.
Traffic rose to 5.18 billion revenue passenger miles from 4.76 billion a year ago. A revenue passenger mile is equal to one paying passenger flown one mile.
Capacity during the month increased to 8.12 billion available seat miles, up 8.2 percent to 7.51 billion in the same month last year. Load factor, or occupancy, rose slightly to 63.8 percent from 63.4 percent.
source: Business Week