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Southwest Airlines Teams Up with The Trinity Trust and City of Dallas to Form the Trinity River Conservation Corps with Three

Southwest Airlines Teams Up with The Trinity Trust and City of Dallas to Form
          the Trinity River Conservation Corps with Three-Year Grant

PR Newswire

DALLAS, April 26, 2013

DALLAS, April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Southwest Airlines, in partnership with
The Trinity Trust Foundation and the City of Dallas, announced a three-year,
$150,000 grant for the creation of the Trinity River Conservation Corps to
clean and conserve Dallas' Trinity River Corridor. This announcement was made
today in the Trinity River Corridor along the Santa Fe Trestle Trail's Cedar
Creek Overlook.

At the inaugural event were hundreds of Southwest Airlines volunteers who
cleaned and cleared the Cedar Creek Overlook, giving their time from the
heart. The group helped restore this riparian area by planting 400 love (or
LUV) grass plants and 100 native blooming and non-blooming species provided by
the Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystem Research Facility.

In attendance from Southwest Airlines were Gary Kelly, Chairman of the Board,
President and Chief Executive Officer; Ginger Hardage, Senior Vice President
of Culture and Communication for Southwest Airlines and Trinity Commons Board
Member; Linda Rutherford, Vice President Communication and Strategic Outreach
and other representatives.

Ginger Hardage, Senior Vice President Culture and Communication for Southwest
Airlines, said, "Our commitment to the environment and giving back, along with
our passion for volunteering, is why we're proud to form the Trinity River
Conservation Corps and bring the community together for the beautification of
the Trinity River Corridor and Great Trinity Forest. We know that places like
this are the core of our communities, and our Employees take pride in giving
their time to keep the heart of Dallas beating strong."

Southwest Airlines is the Founding Sponsor and Official Airline of the Trinity
River Conservation Corps, which is a program to coordinate and manage multiple
annual volunteer events for the conservation and upkeep of the Trinity River
Corridor and Great Trinity Forest. This grant will fund the coordination and
implementation of the Trinity River Conservation Corps' efforts. Southwest
will work closely with The Trinity Trust and City of Dallas to plan and
execute volunteer programs that will include Southwest Airlines as the lead
sponsor for their employees or local companies and organizations, such as
Groundwork Dallas.

Dr. Gail Thomas, president and CEO of The Trinity Trust, said "Southwest
Airlines is an exemplary company showing its love for Dallas and the Trinity
River. We salute Southwest Airlines for its leadership in giving back in a
tangible way with hours of volunteer time in the Trinity River Corridor. Many
people will have the opportunity to see the river and trails and to experience
the beauty we have in Dallas. We are honored to partner with them for the love
of the city."

Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm said, "This generous gift demonstrates Southwest
Airlines' commitment to the environment and to the City of Dallas. The
creation of the new Trinity Conservation Corps continues Southwest's
outstanding legacy of service by benefiting the Trinity River corridor through
beautification."

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.:
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.com/citizenship.

ABOUT THE TRINITY TRUST FOUNDATION:
The Trinity Trust Foundation helps the city of Dallas by raising private funds
for this $2.2 billion urban park project. Donations from the private sector
will add amenities such as the signature Calatrava bridges, lakes, a central
island, a white water course, amphitheaters, and ball fields. The foundation
also reaches out into the community to educate citizens about the project with
presentations, symposia, and events. More information can be found by calling
214.740.1616, by emailing info@thetrinitytrust.org, or by visiting
www.thetrinitytrust.org.

ABOUT THE TRINITY RIVER CORRIDOR PROJECT:
The Trinity River Corridor Project is the largest and most complex public
works and urban development project undertaken by the City of Dallas. This
project is first and foremost a flood protection solution and one of the
largest of its type in the nation. The project consists of five major
components: flood protection, transportation, recreation, environmental
stewardship, and business development. Projects opening this summer include
Moore Park Gateway (8^th Street) and Great Trinity Forest Southern Gateway and
Horse Trails (IH-20). Projects under construction are the Baker Pump Station
scheduled to open in 2014, Sylvan Avenue Bridge scheduled to open spring 2014
and construction exploration has begun on The Horseshoe Project, IH-35 and
Margaret McDermott Bridge (IH-30) scheduled to be complete in 2017. The
construction will begin for the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge and West
Dallas Gateway Park and The Texas Horse Park later this year. Martin Luther
King Jr./Cedar Crest Bridge and Joppa Gateway are under design. Over 12 miles
of new forest and floodway trails are open for hiking or bicycle riding.
Explore the Trinity by visiting www.trinityrivercorridor.org.

SOURCE Southwest Airlines

Website: http://www.southwest.com
Contact: Juliette Coulter, 214.394.5532, juliette@coultergroup.com
 
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