Southwest Airlines Celebrates Communities With Second Annual 'Month of Giving Back'

Southwest Airlines Celebrates Communities With Second Annual 'Month of Giving

Airline Commemorates Earth Day and National Volunteer Week with Conservation
Projects Nationwide

PR Newswire

DALLAS, April 8, 2013

DALLAS, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Since its inception 41 years ago,
Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) has believed in doing the right thing by
consistently giving back to the communities it serves. In celebration of
Earth Day and National Volunteer Week, Southwest is continuing its pledge to
sustainability and its dedication to volunteerism with the second annual
"Month of Giving Back," joining forces with nonprofit organizations across the
country to help defend the Planet. To read a blog post about how Southwest is
celebrating communities, visit the NUTS About Southwest blog.

"At Southwest, we may be an airline, but we do some of our best work on the
ground," said Linda Rutherford, Southwest's Vice President Communication and
Strategic Outreach. "Through the decades, Southwest has believed in doing the
right thing for our People and our Planet, and it always comes from the


April 5: Southwest Porch at Park Tavern Opening, Beautification Project at
Piedmont Park | Atlanta, GA
A central focal point of Atlanta's Midtown community, Piedmont Park is the
ideal location for Southwest Employees in the Atlanta area to promote
environmental initiatives in their city. In conjunction with the park's 2013
expansion and the opening of Southwest Porch at Park Tavern, Southwest
Employees will assist in Piedmont Park's mulching process.

April 14: Make-A-Wish Dream Trips Granted During Southwest Inaugural Openings
| Rochester, NY; Charlotte, NC; Flint, MI; Portland, ME
Southwest Airlines aims to do all it can to give from the heart and make a
difference in people's lives. To celebrate Southwest's inaugural service to
Rochester, NY; Charlotte, NC; Flint, MI; and Portland, ME; the carrier will
host send-offs for four special Make-A-Wish® kids and their families as they
travel on the LUV airline to experience their one, true wish.

April 17: Volunteers of LUV Celebration | Dallas, TX
Every year, Southwest Airlines celebrates the boundless Servant's Hearts of
its Employees nationwide who volunteer in the communities where they work and
live. Southwest Employees participate in many activities, including the
airline's Adopt-A-Pilot Program; working with kids to build confidence and
help overcome obstacles; and cleaning up local communities, beaches, and
parks. Each year, Employees are nominated by their peers and nonprofit
organizations for the Volunteers of LUV award and are recognized at a formal
celebration at Dallas Headquarters.

April 21 through April 30: "Spring Into Action" Employee Volunteer Projects
with the Student Conservation Association | Nationwide
To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Southwest Airlines is teaming up again
with the Student Conservation Association, the National Wildlife Refuge
Association, and other environmental nonprofit organizations to help amplify
the importance of promoting ongoing stewardship and sustainability through
hands-on conservation projects. During this week, Southwest and AirTran
Airways Employees give back to their communities through various
environmental-based volunteer opportunities. AirTran is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co.

April 20 - 21: Earth Day Dallas | Dallas, TX
Founded in 2010, Earth Day Dallas seeks to elevate environmental awareness and
influence the way North Texans think, live, and work. The Southwest Airlines
Green Team will be manning an exhibit at Fair Park that highlights Southwest's
sustainability initiatives and will be handing out sunflower seedlings to
encourage gardening and outdoor participation.

April 25: Lunch & Learn—A Lesson on Being Water-Wise | Dallas, TX
Southwest is hosting a Lunch & Learn at its Dallas Headquarters to educate
Employees on how to water their gardens and plants responsibly. In
conjunction with the Southwest Community Garden's partnership with the Texas
A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Urban Water Program Coordinator Patrick
Dickinson will speak and share his expertise with attendees. Literature and
water conservation tools will be provided by the City of Dallas and the Dallas
County Master Gardeners Association.

April 26: Trinity River Volunteer Activity | Dallas, TX
In partnership with the Trinity River Corridor Project, Southwest Employees
will participate in cleaning up Dallas' Trinity River. In addition, Southwest
Airlines is excited to announce a grant for the creation of the Trinity River
Conservation Corps.

April 27: Concerts for Kids Community Day | Denver, CO
Concerts for Kids Community Day will bring together hundreds of volunteers to
complete a combined 6,000 hours of work in one six-hour day in the
Denver-metro area. Volunteers will work to complete multiple improvement
projects including painting, landscaping, cleaning, roofing, carpeting, and


In its 42^nd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV)
continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer
Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million
Customers annually. Southwest is the nation's largest carrier in terms of
originating domestic passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned
subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in
the world to serve 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries. Southwest
is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom
line approach that takes into account the carrier's performance and
productivity, the importance of the People who work there and the communities
it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the Planet. The 2011
Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at

Southwest Airlines

From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of
unprecedented affordability in air travel quantified by the U.S. Department of
Transportation as "The Southwest Effect," a lowering of fares and increase in
passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves. On every flight, Southwest
offers Customers the first two pieces of checked luggage (weight and size
limitations apply) and all ticket changes without additional fees. Southwest's
all Boeing fleet consistently offers leather seating and the comfort of
full-size cabins, many of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi
connectivity and a new, sustainable cabin interior. With 40 consecutive years
of profitability, the People of Southwest operate more than 3,200 flights a
day and serve communities around 79 airports in Southwest's network of
domestic destinations. Southwest Airlines' frequent flights and low fares are
available only at

AirTran Airways

AirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co., offers
coast-to-coast and near-international service with close to 600 flights a day
to 53 destinations. The carrier's high-quality product includes assigned
seating and Business Class. As Southwest continues to integrate AirTran's
People, places, and planes into Southwest Airlines, Customers of both carriers
may book flights at and exchange earned loyalty points between
both AirTran's A+ Rewards® and Southwest's Rapid Rewards® for reward travel on
either airline.

SOURCE Southwest Airlines

Contact: Southwest Airlines, (214) 792-4847
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