Southwest Airlines announced one of the biggest fare sales in the company's history, offering customers one-way tickets online for $30, $60 or $90 based on length of travel. For travel up to 400 miles, fares are $30 one-way. For travel between 400 and 750 miles, fares are $60 one-way. For travel more than 750 miles, fares are $90 one-way. These fares are available through 11:59 pm PDT July 8, 2009, for travel beginning Sept. 9, 2009 through Nov. 18, 2009. To see the list of markets, prices and to take advantage of these special fares, visit www.southwest.com. Fares and fare rules are available on www.southwest.com or www.swabiz.com.
"Southwest Airlines realizes customers are looking for great travel deals during this difficult economic time," said Kevin Krone, vice president of marketing, sales and Distribution. "We wanted to provide customers affordable airfare so they can punch this economy in the nose and travel for business or leisure this fall."
Examples of these low fares include: $30 one-way between Baltimore/Washington and New York LaGuardia, $60 one-way between Las Vegas and Oakland and $90 one-way between Chicago Midway and Houston Hobby
In related news, Southwest said the company flew 6.7 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in June 2009, a 2.1 percent decrease from the 6.9 billion RPMs flown in June 2008. Available seat miles (ASMs) decreased 3.8 percent to 8.5 billion from the June 2008 level of 8.8 billion. The load factor for the month was 79.5 percent, compared to 78.2 percent for the same period last year. For June 2009, passenger revenue per ASM is estimated to have decreased in the 9 to 10 percent range as compared to June 2008.
Southwest Airlines currently serves 66 cities in 33 states with service to Boston Logan starting Aug. 16 and service to Milwaukee starting Nov. 1. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,300 flights a day and has more than 35,000 employees systemwide.