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Southwest Airlines Reports September Traffic

Friday, October 05, 2012

Southwest Airlines Reports September Traffic08:45 EDT Friday, October 05, 2012DALLAS, Oct. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today reported September 2012 consolidated traffic results for Southwest Airlines and AirTran.  AirTran became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co. ("the Company") on May 2, 2011.  For purposes of comparability, year-to-date 2011 traffic results presented in the accompanying tables include the combined results of Southwest Airlines and AirTran for periods prior to the acquisition date.The Company flew 7.8 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in September 2012, compared to 7.9 billion RPMs flown in September 2011, a decrease of 2.1 percent.  Available seat miles (ASMs) decreased 1.0 percent to 10.1 billion in September 2012 from 10.2 billion ASMs in September 2011.  The September 2012 load factor was 77.0 percent, compared to 77.8 percent in September 2011. For September 2012, passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) is estimated to have decreased in the two to three percent range as compared to September 2011.  For third quarter 2012, PRASM is estimated to have increased approximately one percent as compared to third quarter 2011.For the third quarter of 2012, the Company flew 27.2 billion RPMs, compared to 27.3 billion RPMs flown in the same period in 2011, a decrease of 0.6 percent.  Third quarter 2012 ASMs decreased 0.7 percent to 33.1 billion from the third quarter 2011 level of 33.3 billion.  The third quarter 2012 load factor was 82.1 percent, compared to the load factor of 82.0 percent for the same period in 2011.For the first nine months of 2012, the Company flew 78.1 billion RPMs, compared to 78.7 billion combined RPMs flown in the same period in 2011, a decrease of 0.8 percent.  The year-to-date 2012 ASMs decreased 0.3 percent to 96.9 billion from the combined ASMs of 97.2 for the same period in 2011.  The year-to-date 2012 load factor was 80.5 percent, compared to the combined load factor of 80.9 percent for the same period in 2011.  This release, as well as past news releases about Southwest Airlines Co., is available online at                SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.PRELIMINARY COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICSSEPTEMBER20122011CHANGERevenue passengers carried 8,366,1748,547,211(2.1)%Enplaned passengers10,240,75510,509,784(2.6)%Revenue passenger miles (000)7,762,3687,929,112(2.1)%Available seat miles (000)10,084,36010,185,530(1.0)%Load factor77.0%77.8%(0.8) pts.Average length of haul928928-Trips flown107,034112,156(4.6)%THIRD QUARTER20122011 CHANGE Revenue passengers carried 28,318,76928,208,0360.4 %Enplaned passengers34,913,79335,010,060(0.3)%Revenue passenger miles (000)27,162,61227,322,289(0.6)%Available seat miles (000)33,080,81533,318,089(0.7)%Load factor82.1%82.0%0.1 pts.Average length of haul959969(1.0)%Trips flown347,347359,630(3.4)%YEAR-TO-DATE20122011CHANGERevenue passengers carried 82,738,93982,615,4440.1 %Enplaned passengers101,278,366101,763,544(0.5)%Revenue passenger miles (000)78,053,97678,683,982(0.8)%Available seat miles (000)96,944,29797,220,639(0.3)%Load factor80.5%80.9% (0.4) pts. Average length of haul943952(0.9)%Trips flown1,033,9691,055,888(2.1)% SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.For further information: Investor Relations, +1-214-792-4415