Southwest Airlines Reports April Traffic

                   Southwest Airlines Reports April Traffic

PR Newswire

DALLAS, May 7, 2013

DALLAS, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV)
announced today that the Company flew 8.7 billion revenue passenger miles
(RPMs) in April 2013, a 1.5 percent increase from the 8.6 billion RPMs flown
in April 2012. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 4.1 percent to 11.2
billion from the April 2012 level of 10.8 billion. The April 2013 load factor
was 77.8 percent, compared to 79.8 percent in April 2012. For April 2013,
passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) is estimated to have decreased in the four
to five percent range compared to April 2012.

For the first four months of 2013, the Company flew 32.5 billion RPMs,
compared to 32.3 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2012, an increase
of 0.6 percent. Year-to-date ASMs increased 1.5 percent to 42.0 billion from
the 2012 level of 41.4 billion. The year-to-date load factor was 77.3
percent, compared to 78.0 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
                               APRIL
                               2013        2012        CHANGE
Revenue passengers carried    9,273,884   9,296,032   (0.2)%
Enplaned passengers            11,248,762  11,246,361  -
Revenue passenger miles (000)  8,735,895   8,610,483   1.5 %
Available seat miles (000)     11,233,131  10,794,511  4.1 %
Load factor                    77.8%       79.8%       (2.0) pts
Average length of haul         942         926         1.7 %
Trips flown                    113,892     115,580     (1.5)%
                               YEAR-TO-DATE
                               2013        2012        CHANGE
Revenue passengers carried    34,477,818  34,856,854  (1.1)%
Enplaned passengers            41,961,387  42,400,783  (1.0)%
Revenue passenger miles (000)  32,492,638  32,295,349  0.6 %
Available seat miles (000)     42,034,555  41,427,404  1.5 %
Load factor                    77.3%       78.0%       (0.7) pts
Average length of haul         942         927         1.6 %
Trips flown                    432,406     449,476     (3.8)%



SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.

Website: http://www.southwest.com
Contact: Investor Relations (214) 792-4415
 
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