30 Southwest Airlines Facts and Statistics (2020) | By the Numbers

Southwest Airlines Facts and Statistics

Here are the more interesting Southwest Airlines facts I was able to dig up recently. As always, I will be adding more and updating these periodically as I find new stuff. Be sure to check back regularly.

Southwest Airlines Facts and StatisticsPlease note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others, so some of these are based on news reports and not official company tallies. All stats are linked to their source unless it was sent to me directly from the company. No stat listed on DMR should be considered in making any type of investment decision. In other words: This is the best I can find, but I don't guarantee anything.

Southwest Airlines Facts

  • Southwest Airlines Website: www.southwest.com
  • Year Southwest Airlines was Founded: 1971
  • Southwest Airlines Founder: Herbert Kelleher and Rollin King
  • Southwest Airlines Headquarters:  Dallas, TX
  • Southwest Airlines CEO: Gary Kelly

Southwest Airlines Statistics

Number of Southwest Airlines employees:


Last updated 10/28/18

Total Southwest Airlines emplaned passengers (annual):

Total Southwest Airlines flights per year:

Average Southwest Airlines passenger fare:

Number of Southwest Airlines aircraft:

Number of Southwest Airlines destinations in the US:

99 destinations

Last updated 10/28/18

Average number of daily departures for Southwest Airlines during peak travel season:

4,000 departures

Last updated 10/28/18

Average age of Southwest Airlines' fleet:

11 years

Last updated 10/28/18

Average amount of time per day that each Southwest Airlines' 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 Southwest Airlines 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 Southwest Airlines new hires in 2016:


Amount of cargo flown on Southwest Airlines in 2016:

166 million pounds

Percentage of Southwest Airlines passengers that checked in online or at a kiosk in 2016:


Southwest Airlines revenue (annual):

Southwest Airlines net income (annual):

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