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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES REPORTS FEBRUARY TRAFFIC UP 15.3 PERCENT

 DALLAS, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Herbert D. Kelleher, chairman of the board and president of Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV), announced today that the company flew 1,138.6 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in February 1993, a 15.3 percent increase over the 987.5 million RPMs flown in February of last year. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 12.6 percent to 1,756.6 million from the February 1992 level of 1,560.4 million. The load factor for the month was 64.8 percent, up 1.5 points from 1992.
 For the first two months of 1993, Southwest flew 2,293.0 million RPMs, compared with the 1,936.9 million RPMs recorded for the same period in 1992, an increase of 18.4 percent. Available seat miles increased 13.3 percent to 3,645.5 million from the year-to-date 1992 level of 3,217.7 million. The year-to-date load factor was 62.9 percent, compared to 60.2 percent for the same period last year.
 SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
 COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS
 FEBRUARY 1993
 FEBRUARY
 PERCENT
 1993 1992 CHANGE
 Revenue passengers carried 2,266,345 2,006,716 12.9
 Revenue passenger miles 1,138,553,380 987,522,550 15.3
 Available seat miles 1,756,557,632 1,560,359,298 12.6
 Load factor 64.8 pct. 63.3 pct. 1.5pts.
 Average length of haul 502 492 2.0
 Trips flown 35,730 32,221 10.9
 YEAR-TO-DATE
 PERCENT
 1993 1992 CHANGE
 Revenue passengers carried 4,522,427 3,905,743 15.8
 Revenue passenger miles 2,292,954,808 1,936,946,940 18.4
 Available seat miles 3,645,545,795 3,217,746,722 13.3
 Load factor 62.9 pct. 60.2 pct. 2.7pts.
 Average length of haul 507 496 2.2
 Trips flown 73,993 66,486 11.3
 PHOTO NOTE: Photos of Herbert D. Kelleher, Boeing 737 and corporate logo available via Wieck Photo DataBase to any newspaper or media outlet with telephoto receiver. or electronic darkroom that can accept overhead transmissions. To electronically retrieve photo free of charge, call 214-416-3686.
 -0- 3/8/93
 /CONTACT: Gary Kelly, vice president-finance and CFO of Southwest Airlines, 214-904-4363/
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