Southwest Airlines earnings nearly triple in first quarter

April 23, 2015 1:37 PM

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Southwest Airlines earnings nearly triple in first quarter

The airline reported net income of $453 million, or 66 cents a share, compared with the analysts' average estimate of 65 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Demand was strong, Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly said in a news release, adding that traffic from Southwest's new Dallas routes increased 145.5 percent from a year ago.

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