Southwest Airlines has reported its third quarter 2012 results, including net income of $16 million. This compared to a net loss of $140 million in the third quarter of 2011. Excluding special items, third quarter 2012 net income was $97 million, compared to $122 million in the third quarter of 2011. Operating income for third quarter 2012 was $51 million, compared to $225 million in third quarter 2011. Excluding special items, operating income was $208 million for third quarter 2012, compared to $285 million for the same period last year.
Gary C. Kelly, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer, stated, "Our third quarter 2012 net income was $97 million, and operating income was $208 million, each excluding special items. Our third quarter 2012 passenger revenues, unit revenues, and load factor were all third-quarter records and meaningful accomplishments; however, we need sustained revenue momentum to achieve our return on invested capital target."
"While the economy remains a significant concern, we are encouraged, thus far, by October's bookings and revenue trends. Thus far in October 2012, passenger unit revenues are running ahead of the comparable year ago period by approximately four percent," Kelly said, noting that the integration of AirTran into Southwest is a top priority. "We remain on track to launch connection of the two airlines' networks early next year and significantly optimize the combined networks compared to third quarter 2012."