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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES REPORTS MARCH TRAFFIC UP 16.1 PERCENT

 DALLAS, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Herbert D. Kelleher, chairman of the board and president of Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV), announced today that the company flew 1,353.5 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in March 1993, a 16.1 percent increase over the 1,166.1 million RPMs flown in March of last year. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 17.3 percent to 2,025.3 million from the March 1992 level of 1,726.4 million. The load factor for the month was 66.8 percent compared to 67.5 percent for the same period of a year ago.
 For the first quarter 1993, Southwest flew 3,646.5 million RPMs, a 17.5 percent increase compared with the 3,103.1 million RPMs recorded for the same period of 1992. Available seat miles increased 14.7 percent to 5,670.9 million from the first quarter 1992 level of 4,944.1 million. The first quarter load factor was 64.3 percent compared to 62.8 percent for the same period last year.
 SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
 Comparative Traffic Statistics
 March 1993
 March
 1993 1992 Percent
 Change
 Revenue passengers carried 2,689,772 2,372,467 13.4
 Revenue passenger miles 1,353,538,520 1,166,113,334 16.1
 Available seat miles 2,025,344,710 1,726,394,609 17.3
 Load factor 66.8 pct. 67.5 pct. (0.7)pts.
 Average length of haul 503 492 2.2
 Trips flown 41,536 35,851 15.9
 Year-to-date
 1993 1992 Percent
 Change
 Revenue passengers carried 7,212,199 6,278,210 14.9
 Revenue passenger miles 3,646,493,328 3,103,060,274 17.5
 Available seat miles 5,670,890,505 4,944,141,331 14.7
 Load factor 64.3 pct. 62.8 pct. 1.5 pts.
 Average length of haul 506 494 2.4
 Trips flown 115,529 102,337 12.9
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 /CONTACT: Gary Kelly, vice president-finance and CFO of Southwest Airlines Co., 214-904-4363/
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