Southwest Airlines Reports September Traffic

                 Southwest Airlines Reports September Traffic

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Oct. 5, 2012

DALLAS, 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.com. 



SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
PRELIMINARY COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS
                               SEPTEMBER
                               2012         2011         CHANGE
Revenue passengers carried    8,366,174    8,547,211    (2.1)%
Enplaned passengers            10,240,755   10,509,784   (2.6)%
Revenue passenger miles (000)  7,762,368    7,929,112    (2.1)%
Available seat miles (000)     10,084,360   10,185,530   (1.0)%
Load factor                    77.0%        77.8%        (0.8) pts.
Average length of haul         928          928          -
Trips flown                    107,034      112,156      (4.6)%
                               THIRD QUARTER
                               2012         2011         CHANGE
Revenue passengers carried    28,318,769   28,208,036   0.4 %
Enplaned passengers            34,913,793   35,010,060   (0.3)%
Revenue passenger miles (000)  27,162,612   27,322,289   (0.6)%
Available seat miles (000)     33,080,815   33,318,089   (0.7)%
Load factor                    82.1%        82.0%        0.1 pts.
Average length of haul         959          969          (1.0)%
Trips flown                    347,347      359,630      (3.4)%
                               YEAR-TO-DATE
                               2012         2011         CHANGE
Revenue passengers carried    82,738,939   82,615,444   0.1 %
Enplaned passengers            101,278,366  101,763,544  (0.5)%
Revenue passenger miles (000)  78,053,976   78,683,982   (0.8)%
Available seat miles (000)     96,944,297   97,220,639   (0.3)%
Load factor                    80.5%        80.9%        (0.4) pts.
Average length of haul         943          952          (0.9)%
Trips flown                    1,033,969    1,055,888    (2.1)%



SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.

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