Tomahawk, WI 02/19/2014 (BasicsMedia) – Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV) has had a terrific start to the year 2014 with superb fourth quarter financial results, followed by Southwest’s declaration of quarterly dividend of $0.04 per share to its investors and it was topped by Southwest’s announcement of first international destinations of its airlines being a trio of Caribbean beach destinations which has given its investors many reasons to cheer!

Financial results of Southwest

Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV) announced its fourth quarter financial results for 2013 reporting a net income of $236 million excluding special items i.e. an income of $0.33 per share, its operating revenues increased by 6.1% to $4.4. Billion as compared to same quarter last year and its operating expenses decreased by 1% to $4 billion as compared to same quarter last year. Southwest has managed to post such good results because of two important factors being higher passenger fare and lower costs for fuel and aircraft maintenance. Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV) exceeded analysts’ estimate and the news of its better than expected fourth quarter results lead to a 2.3% surge in its share prices in premarket trading of its shares. The management of Southwest seemed to be more than happy with their performance over the year and went on record to praise their combined efforts in achieving such tremendous results. In an industry where many airlines are suffering losses and many have filed for bankruptcy, Southwest has emerged as a clear winner not only for its ability to post growth every year but also of its capacity to declare dividends every year since past so many years of its existence.

Flying to new destinations  

In time for the summer travel planning, Southwest added a feather to its cap by announcing addition of three international Caribbean beach destinations to its flying schedule ensuring a positive revenue growth in its coming quarter due to such addition. Southwest airlines have announced nonstop flights between Atlanta and Aruba, and Montego Bay, between Baltimore/Washington and Aruba, Nassau, and Montego Bay and between Orlando and Aruba, and Montego Bay, giving a wide range of choices for summer travel to its customers. Furthermore, due to the end of a Government regulation that limited the number of its routes, Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV) shall now fly to all 50 states of the U.S. from its headquarter of Dallas thereby giving tough competition to other U.S. carriers flying in the same routes.

Conclusion

Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV) have always been known to be good to their customers and the standard of services as offered by them is unmatched in the industry. On 14th February i.e. Valentine’s Day, Southwest Airlines celebrated “LUV” day with gift of travel i.e. it surprised dozens of its customers by providing them $500 in southwestgiftcards! Southwest has also announced free flights worth more than $2.8 million for patients who need to fly to other destinations for better medical treatment thereby decreasing financial burden on such patients who cannot afford to travel for treatment. Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV) is therefore a company having intrinsic value and worth and definitely a stock to watch out for!

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