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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES REPORTS TRAFFIC UP 25.4 PERCENT FOR SEPTEMBER

 DALLAS, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) flew 1,388.4 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in September 1993, a 25.4 percent increase over the 1,107.4 million RPMs flown in September of last year. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 16.3 percent to 2,149.6 million from the September 1992 level of 1,848.8 million. The load factor for the month was 64.6 percent compared to 59.9 percent for the same period in 1992.
 The for third quarter of 1993, Southwest flew 4,548.5 million RPMs compared with 3,709.3 million RPMs recorded for the same period in 1992, an increase of 22.6 percent. Available seat miles increased 14.8 percent to 6,514.0 million from the 1992 third quarter level of 5,674.5 million. The 1993 third quarter load factor was 69.8 percent compared to 65.4 percent for the same period last year.
 For the first nine months of 1993, Southwest flew 12,438.0 million RPMs compared with the 10,239.0 million RPMs recorded for the same period in 1992, an increase of 21.5 percent. Available seat miles increased 15.9 percent to 18,274.7 million from the year-to-date 1992 level of 15,765.6 million. The year-to-date load factor was 68.1 percent compared to 64.9 percent for the same period last year.
 SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
 Comparative Traffic Statistics
 September 1993
 September
 1993 1992 Pct. Change
 Revenue
 passengers
 carried 2,835,573 2,275,267 24.6
 Revenue
 passenger miles 1,388,446,694 1,107,393,448 25.4
 Available seat
 miles 2,149,580,202 1,848,753,084 16.3
 Load factor
 (as a percent) 64.6 59.9 4.7 pts.
 Average length
 of haul 490 487 0.6
 Trips flown 44,091 37,490 17.6
 Year To Date
 1993 1992 Pct. Change
 Revenue
 passengers
 carried 24,752,840 20,658,514 19.8
 Revenue
 passenger miles 12,438,048,015 10,238,985,066 21.5
 Available seat
 miles 18,274,674,922 15,765,595,789 15.9
 Load factor
 (as a percent) 68.1 64.9 3.2 pts.
 Average length
 of haul 502 496 1.2
 Trips flown 374,514 324,762 15.3
 Third Quarter
 1993 1992 Pct. Change
 Revenue
 passengers
 carried 9,075,514 7,389,122 22.8
 Revenue
 passenger miles 4,548,539,180 3,709,330,822 22.6
 Available seat
 miles 6,513,981,963 5,674,521,132 14.8
 Load factor
 (as a percent) 69.8 65.4 4.4 pts.
 Average length
 of haul 501 502 (0.2)
 Trips flown 133,764 115,266 16.0
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 /CONTACT: Gary C. Kelly, vice president-finance and CFO of Southwest Airlines Co., 214-904-4363/
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