Southwest Airlines Reports April Traffic

                   Southwest Airlines Reports April Traffic  PR Newswire  DALLAS, May 8, 2014  DALLAS, May8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 9.1 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in April 2014, a 4.4 percent increase from the 8.7 billion RPMs flown in April 2013. Available seat miles (ASMs) decreased 0.6 percent to 11.2 billion, compared to April 2013. The April 2014 load factor was 81.7 percent, compared to 77.8 percent in April 2013. For April 2014, passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) is estimated to have increased in the seven to eight percent range compared to April 2013.  For the first four months of 2014, the Company flew 33.3 billion RPMs, compared to 32.5 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2013, an increase of 2.4 percent. Year-to-date ASMs decreased 0.9 percent to 41.6 billion from 42.0 billion for the same period in 2013. The year-to-date load factor was 79.9 percent, compared to 77.3 percent for the same period in 2013.  This release, as well as past news releases about Southwest Airlines Co., is available online at southwest.com.  APRIL                                2014        2013        Change Revenue passengers carried     9,319,209   9,209,436   1.2% Enplaned passengers            11,498,724  11,248,762  2.2% Revenue passenger miles (000s) 9,118,464   8,735,895   4.4% Available seat miles (000s)    11,167,654  11,233,131  (0.6)% Load factor                    81.7%       77.8%       3.9 pts. Average length of haul         978         949         3.1% Trips flown                    108,328     113,892     (4.9)%    YEAR-TO-DATE                                2014        2013        Change Revenue passengers carried     34,375,018  34,413,370  (0.1)% Enplaned passengers            42,155,305  41,961,387  0.5% Revenue passenger miles (000s) 33,273,781  32,492,638  2.4% Available seat miles (000s)    41,642,236  42,034,555  (0.9)% Load factor                    79.9%       77.3%       2.6 pts. Average length of haul         968         944         2.5% Trips flown                    407,966     432,406     (5.7)%    SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.  Website: http://www.southwest.com Contact: Investor Relations, (214) 792-4415  
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