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Southwest Airlines Reports January Traffic

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Southwest Airlines Reports January Traffic07:45 EST Thursday, February 07, 2013DALLAS, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 7.3 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in January 2013, a 1.7 percent decrease from the 7.4 billion RPMs flown in January 2012.  Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 0.5 percent to 10.0 billion from the January 2012 level of 9.9 billion.  The January 2013 load factor was 72.7 percent, compared to 74.3 percent in January 2012.  For January 2013, passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) is estimated to have increased approximately two percent compared to January 2012.This release, as well as past news releases about Southwest Airlines Co., is available online at AIRLINES CO.PRELIMINARY COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS             JANUARY20132012CHANGERevenue passengers carried 7,684,8277,988,191(3.8)%Enplaned passengers9,428,4829,772,932(3.5)%Revenue passenger miles (000)7,254,3747,379,990(1.7)%Available seat miles (000)9,982,3759,936,0350.5 %Load factor72.7%74.3% (1.6) pts Average length of haul9449242.2 %Trips flown105,317110,004(4.3)%***   SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.For further information: Investor Relations (214) 792-4415