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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES REPORTS AUGUST TRAFFIC UP 20.6 PERCENT

 DALLAS, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) flew 1,600.3 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in August 1993, a 20.6 percent increase over the 1,326.8 million RPMs flown in August of last year. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 15.4 percent to 2,215.7 million from the August 1992 level of 1,920.0 million. The load factor for the month was 72.2 percent, up 3.1 points from last year's load factor of 69.1 percent.
 For the eight months ended Aug. 31, 1993, Southwest flew 11,049.6 million RPMs, compared with 9,131.6 million RPMs recorded for the same period in 1992, an increase of 21.0 percent. Available seat miles increased 15.9 percent to 16,125.1 million from the 1992 year-to-date level of 13,916.8 million. The 1993 year-to-date load factor was 68.5 percent, compared to 65.6 percent for the same period last year, an increase of 2.9 points.
 SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
 Comparative Traffic Statistics
 August 1993
 August
 1993 1992 Percent Change
 Revenue passengers
 carried 3,181,275 2,598,219 22.4 pct.
 Revenue passenger
 miles 1,600,290,394 1,326,767,515 20.6 pct.
 Available seat miles 2,215,746,899 1,919,996,357 15.4 pct.
 Load factor 72.2 pct. 69.1 pct. 3.1 pts.
 Average length of haul 503 511 (1.6) pct.
 Trips flown 45,544 38,881 17.1 pct.
 Year-to-Date
 1993 1992 Percent Change
 Revenue passengers
 carried 21,917,267 18,383,247 19.2 pct.
 Revenue passenger
 miles 11,049,601,321 9,131,591,618 21.0 pct.
 Available seat miles 16,125,094,720 13,916,842,705 15.9 pct.
 Load factor 68.5 pct. 65.6 pct. 2.9 pts.
 Average length of haul 504 497 1.4 pct.
 Trips flown 330,423 287,272 15.0 pct.
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