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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES REPORTS APRIL TRAFFIC UP 22.1 PERCENT

 DALLAS, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Herbert D. Kelleher, chairman of the board and president of Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV), announced today that the company flew 1,371.4 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in April 1993, a 22.1 percent increase over the 1,122.7 million RPMs flown in April of last year. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 18.6 percent to 1,978.5 million from the April 1992 level of 1,667.5 million. The load factor for the month was 69.3 percent, compared to 67.3 percent for the same period of a year ago.
 For the first four months of 1993, Southwest flew 5,017.9 million RPMs, compared with 4,225.8 million RPMs recorded for the same period in 1992, an increase of 18.7 percent. Available seat miles increased 15.7 percent to 7,649.4 million from the year-to-date 1992 level of 6,611.7 million. The year-to-date load factor was 65.6 percent, compared to 63.9 percent for the same period last year.
 SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
 Comparative Traffic Statistics
 April 1993
 April Percent
 1993 1992 Change
 Revenues passengers carried 2,752,686 2,303,473 19.5
 Revenue passenger miles 1,371,396,269 1,122,744,730 22.1
 Available seat miles 1,978,468,203 1,667,514,469 18.6
 Load factor 69.3 67.3 2.0 pts.
 Average length of haul 498 487 2.3
 Trips flown 40,636 34,824 16.7
 Year-to-Date Percent
 1993 1992 Change
 Revenues passengers carried 9,964,885 8,581,683 16.1
 Revenue passenger miles 5,017,889,597 4,225,805,004 18.7
 Available seat miles 7,649,358,708 6,611,655,800 15.7
 Load factor 65.6 63.9 1.7 pts.
 Average length of haul 504 49 2.4
 Trips flown 156,165 137,161 13.9
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 /CONTACT: Gary Kelly, vice president-finance/CFO of Southwest Airlines, 214-904-4363/
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