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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES REPORTS DECEMBER TRAFFIC

 SOUTHWEST AIRLINES REPORTS DECEMBER TRAFFIC
 DALLAS, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV)


announced today that it flew 969.3 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in December 1991, a 28.7 percent increase over the 753.0 million RPMs flown in December of last year. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 14.6 percent to 1,559.4 million from the December 1990 level of 1,360.6 million ASMs. The load factor for the month was 62.2 percent, up 6.9 points from the 55.3 percent for the same period of a year ago.
 For the fourth quarter 1991, Southwest flew 2,923.6 million RPMs, a 22.1 percent increase compared with the 2,394.6 million RPMs recorded for the same period of 1990. Available seat miles increased 14.0 percent to 4,775.3 million from the fourth quarter 1990 level of 4,189.8 million. The fourth quarter load factor was 61.2 percent compared to 57.2 percent for the same period last year.
 For the year ended Dec. 31, 1991, Southwest flew 11,296.2 million RPMs, compared with the 9,958.9 million RPMs recorded for the same period in 1990, an increase of 13.4 percent. Available seat miles increased 12.7 percent to 18,491.0 million from the year 1990 level of 16,411.1 million. The annual load factor was 61.1 percent compared to 60.7 percent for 1990.
 SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
 Comparative Traffic Statistics
 December 1991
 December Pct.
 1991 1990 Change
 Rev. passengers carried 1,952,035 1,493,252 30.7
 Rev. passenger miles 969,322,561 753,034,542 28.7
 Available seat miles 1,559,381,378 1,360,580,572 14.6
 Load factor 62.2 pct. 55.3 pct. 6.9 pts.
 Average length of haul 497 504 (1.4)
 Trips flown 32,016 28,006 14.3
 Year-to-Date Pct.
 1991 1990 Change
 Rev. passengers carried 22,669,942 19,830,941 14.3
 Rev. passenger miles 11,296,183,232 9,958,939,733 13.4
 Available seat miles 18,491,003,408 16,411,115,073 12.7
 Load factor 61.1 pct. 60.7 pct. 0.4 pts.
 Average length of haul 498 502 (0.8)
 Trips flown 382,572 338,108 13.2
 Fourth Quarter Pct.
 1991 1990 Change
 Rev. passengers carried 5,946,646 4,830,731 23.1
 Rev. passenger miles 2,923,610,259 2,394,595,211 22.1
 Available seat miles 4,775,259,897 4,189,804,094 14.0
 Load factor 61.2 pct. 57.2 pct. 4.0 pts.
 Average length of haul 492 496 (0.8)
 Trips flown 98,194 86,640 13.3
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 /CONTACT: Gary C. Kelly, vice president-finance/CFO of Southwest Airlines, 214-904-4363/
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