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Southwest Airlines Reports November Traffic

                 Southwest Airlines Reports November Traffic

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Dec. 7, 2012

DALLAS, Dec. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today
reported November 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 8.1 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in November 2012,
compared to 8.3 billion RPMs flown in November 2011, a decrease of 1.5
percent. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 0.4 percent to 10.2 billion in
November 2012 from 10.1 billion ASMs in November 2011. The November 2012 load
factor was 80.0 percent, compared to 81.6 percent in November 2011. For
November 2012, passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) is estimated to have
increased approximately one percent compared to November 2011.

For the first eleven months of 2012, the Company flew 94.7 billion RPMs,
compared to 95.7 billion combined RPMs flown in the same period in 2011, a
decrease of 1.0 percent. The year-to-date 2012 ASMs decreased 0.3 percent to
117.7 billion from the combined level of 118.1 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
                               NOVEMBER
                               2012         2011         CHANGE
Revenue passengers carried    8,849,808    9,153,216    (3.3)%
Enplaned passengers            10,791,741   11,060,675   (2.4)%
Revenue passenger miles (000)  8,148,731    8,276,333    (1.5)%
Available seat miles (000)     10,186,984   10,144,618   0.4 %
Load factor                    80.0%        81.6%        (1.6) pts
Average length of haul         921          904          1.9 %
Trips flown                    106,938      111,628      (4.2)%
                               YEAR-TO-DATE
                               2012         2011         CHANGE
Revenue passengers carried    100,736,126  101,208,134  (0.5)%
Enplaned passengers            123,332,996  124,356,471  (0.8)%
Revenue passenger miles (000)  94,700,049   95,669,147   (1.0)%
Available seat miles (000)     117,658,519  118,063,325  (0.3)%
Load factor                    80.5%        81.0%        (0.5) pts
Average length of haul         940          945          (0.5)%
Trips flown                    1,252,769    1,284,687    (2.5)%

SOURCE Southwest Airlines

Website: http://www.southwest.com
Contact: Investor Relations, +1-214-792-4415
 
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