Southwest Airlines Reports October Traffic

                  Southwest Airlines Reports October Traffic

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Nov. 7, 2012

DALLAS, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today
reported October 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 table include the combined
results of Southwest Airlines and AirTran for periods prior to the acquisition
date.

The Company flew 8.5 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in October 2012,
compared to 8.7 billion RPMs flown in October 2011, a decrease of 2.4
percent. Available seat miles (ASMs) decreased 1.6 percent to 10.5 billion in
October 2012 from 10.7 billion ASMs in October 2011. The October 2012 load
factor was 80.7 percent, compared to 81.4 percent in October 2011. For
October 2012, passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) is estimated to have increased
approximately five percent compared to October 2011.

For the first ten months of 2012, the Company flew 86.6 billion RPMs, compared
to 87.4 billion combined RPMs flown in the same period in 2011, a decrease of
1.0 percent. The year-to-date 2012 ASMs decreased 0.4 percent to 107.5
billion from the combined level of 107.9 billion for the same period in 2011.
The year-to-date 2012 load factor was 80.5 percent, compared to the combined
load factor of 81.0 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
                               OCTOBER
                               2012         2011         CHANGE
Revenue passengers carried    9,147,369    9,439,474    (3.1)%
Enplaned passengers            11,262,984   11,532,252   (2.3)%
Revenue passenger miles (000)  8,497,347    8,708,832    (2.4)%
Available seat miles (000)     10,527,246   10,698,068   (1.6)%
Load factor                    80.7%        81.4%        (0.7) pts
Average length of haul         929          923          0.7 %
Trips flown                    111,863      117,171      (4.5)%
                               YEAR-TO-DATE
                               2012         2011         CHANGE
Revenue passengers carried    91,886,318   92,054,918   (0.2)%
Enplaned passengers            112,541,255  113,295,796  (0.7)%
Revenue passenger miles (000)  86,551,318   87,392,814   (1.0)%
Available seat miles (000)     107,471,535  107,918,707  (0.4)%
Load factor                    80.5%        81.0%        (0.5) pts
Average length of haul         942          949          (0.7)%
Trips flown                    1,145,831    1,173,059    (2.3)%

SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.

Contact: Investor Relations, (214) 792-4415
 
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