Southwest Airlines Reports March Traffic

                   Southwest Airlines Reports March Traffic

PR Newswire

DALLAS, April 5, 2013

DALLAS, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV)
announced today that the Company flew 9.4 billion revenue passenger miles
(RPMs) in March 2013, a 4.0 percent increase from the 9.1 billion RPMs flown
in March 2012. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 3.8 percent to 11.5
billion from the March 2012 level of 11.1 billion. The March 2013 load factor
was 82.0 percent, compared to 81.8 percent in March 2012. For March 2013,
passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) is estimated to have been comparable to the
Company's March 2012 PRASM.

For the first quarter of 2013, the Company flew 23.8 billion RPMs, compared to
23.7 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2012, an increase of 0.3
percent. Year-to-date ASMs increased 0.6 percent to 30.8 billion from the
2012 level of 30.6 billion. The year-to-date load factor was 77.1 percent,
compared to 77.3 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
                               MARCH
                               2013        2012        CHANGE
Revenue passengers carried    9,892,713   9,593,562   3.1 %
Enplaned passengers            12,038,645  11,734,862  2.6 %
Revenue passenger miles (000)  9,442,733   9,076,847   4.0 %
Available seat miles (000)     11,512,195  11,091,368  3.8 %
Load factor                    82.0%       81.8%       0.2 pts
Average length of haul         955         946         1.0 %
Trips flown                    116,393     118,689     (1.9)%
                               YEAR-TO-DATE
                               2013        2012        CHANGE
Revenue passengers carried    25,203,934  25,560,822  (1.4)%
Enplaned passengers            30,712,625  31,154,422  (1.4)%
Revenue passenger miles (000)  23,756,685  23,684,866  0.3 %
Available seat miles (000)     30,802,655  30,632,893  0.6 %
Load factor                    77.1%       77.3%       (0.2) pts
Average length of haul         943         927         1.7 %
Trips flown                    318,514     333,896     (4.6)%





SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.

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