Southwest Airlines Statistics and Facts (2023)

Last Updated on: May 18th, 2023

Southwest Airlines Statistics 2023

Here are a few of the most interesting Southwest Airlines statistics and facts I was able to dig up including revenue totals and passenger and employee counts. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.

Southwest Airlines Facts

Here is pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Airlines Statistics passenger count revenue totals and Facts 2022

Southwest Airlines is an American low-cost airline that was founded in 1967. It is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and is known for its distinctive business model and customer service.

Southwest Airlines operates a large domestic network in the United States, with flights to more than 100 destinations. It focuses primarily on short-haul and point-to-point routes, offering frequent flights between popular cities. The airline has a fleet consisting primarily of Boeing 737 aircraft, which helps maintain operational efficiency and simplify maintenance.

One of the key aspects of Southwest’s business model is its commitment to providing affordable fares. The airline has been recognized for its no-frills approach, where passengers pay for the transportation and have the option to purchase additional services or amenities. Southwest’s approach has allowed it to attract a large customer base, including both leisure and business travelers.

Southwest Airlines is also known for its unique customer service approach, often referred to as the “Southwest Spirit.” The airline emphasizes friendliness, humor, and a relaxed atmosphere on its flights. Passengers are offered a free checked bag, and there is no assigned seating, allowing passengers to choose their own seats upon boarding.

In addition to its customer-oriented approach, Southwest Airlines has received accolades for its operational efficiency and strong safety record. The company has consistently ranked among the top airlines in terms of on-time performance and customer satisfaction.

Southwest has expanded its reach through acquisitions and partnerships over the years, including the acquisition of AirTran Airways in 2011. This allowed the airline to increase its presence in additional markets and expand its route network.

Southwest Airlines Passenger Count

Total emplaned passengers (annual):

Southwest Airlines Employee Count

Number of employees:

55,100 employees

Last updated 1/1/22

Southwest Airlines Revenue Totals

Southwest Airlines revenue (annual):

Southwest Airlines net income (annual):

Additional Southwest Airlines Statistics

Total flights per year:

Average passenger fare:

Number of aircraft:

Number of destinations in the US:

99 destinations

Last updated 10/28/18

Average number of daily departures during peak travel season:

4,000 departures

Last updated 10/28/18

Average age of fleet:

11 years

Last updated 10/28/18

Average amount of time per day that each aircraft flies:

5 flights/11 hours per day

Last updated 10/28/18

US airport with the most Southwest Airlines daily departures:

Chicago (Midway)

Last updated 10/28/18

Average number of reservations that customer reps book monthly:

2.1 million reservations

Last updated 10/28/18

Number of people who applied for jobs with Southwest Airlines in 2016:


Number of new hires in 2016:


Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others. A few of these Southwest Airlines statistics come from their own reports, but some are based on news reports and not official company tallies. No information contained on DMR should be relied upon to make investment decisions. Basically, this is the best I can find and I don’t guarantee anything to be 100%.

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