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Southwest Airlines Reports February Traffic

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Southwest Airlines Reports February Traffic08:45 EST Thursday, March 07, 2013DALLAS, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 7.1 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in February 2013, a 2.3 percent decrease from the 7.2 billion RPMs flown in February 2012.  Available seat miles (ASMs) decreased 3.1 percent to 9.3 billion from the February 2012 level of 9.6 billion.  The February 2013 load factor was 75.8 percent, compared to 75.2 percent in February 2012.  For February 2013, passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) is estimated to have increased approximately two percent compared to February 2012.For the first two months of 2013, the Company flew 14.3 billion RPMs, compared to 14.6 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2012, a decrease of 2.0 percent.  Available seat miles decreased 1.3 percent to 19.3 billion from the 2012 level of 19.5 billion.  The year-to-date load factor was 74.2 percent, compared to 74.8 percent for the same period in 2012.  This release, as well as past news releases about Southwest Airlines Co., is available online at southwest.com.     SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.PRELIMINARY COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS             FEBRUARY20132012CHANGERevenue passengers carried 7,626,3947,979,069(4.4)%Enplaned passengers9,245,4989,646,628(4.2)%Revenue passenger miles (000)7,059,5777,228,029(2.3)%Available seat miles (000)9,308,0849,605,490(3.1)%Load factor75.8%75.2% 0.6 pts Average length of haul9269062.2 %Trips flown96,804105,203(8.0)%YEAR-TO-DATE20132012CHANGERevenue passengers carried 15,311,22115,967,260(4.1)%Enplaned passengers18,673,98019,419,560(3.8)%Revenue passenger miles (000)14,313,95114,608,019(2.0)%Available seat miles (000)19,290,45919,541,525(1.3)%Load factor74.2%74.8% (0.6) pts Average length of haul9359152.2 %Trips flown202,121215,207(6.1)%    SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.For further information: Investor Relations, (214) 792-4415