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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES REPORTS DECEMBER TRAFFIC

 DALLAS, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that it flew 1,133.5 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in December 1992, a 16.9 percent increase over the 969.3 million RPMs flown in December 1991. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 18.7 percent to 1,850.2 million from the December 1991 level of 1,559.4 million ASMs. The load factor for the month was 61.3 percent, down .9 points from the 62.2 percent for the same period of a year ago.
 For the fourth quarter 1992, Southwest flew 3,548.0 million RPMs, a 21.4 percent increase compared with the 2,923.6 million RPMs recorded for the same period of 1991. Available seat miles increased 17.3 percent to 5,601.0 million from the fourth quarter 1991 level of 4,775.3 million. The fourth quarter 1992 load factor was 63.3 percent compared to 61.2 for the same period a year ago.
 For the year ended Dec. 31, 1992, Southwest flew 13,787.0 million RPMs, compared with the 11,296.2 million RPMs recorded for the same period in 1991, an increase of 22.1 percent. Available seat miles increased 15.6 percent to 21,366.6 million from the year 1991 level of 18,491.0 million. The annual load factor was 64.5 percent compared to 61.1 percent for 1991.
 SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
 Comparative Traffic Statistics
 December 1992
 December 1992 1991 Pct. chg.
 Revenue passengers carried 2,249,982 1,952,035 15.3
 Revenues passenger miles 1,133,466,219 969,322,561 16.9
 Available seat miles 1,850,212,787 1,559,381,378 18.7
 Load factor (as a percent) 61.3 62.2 (0.9)pts.
 Average length of haul 504 497 1.4
 Trips flown 37,321 32,016 16.6
 Year-to-date 1992 1991 Pct. chg.
 Revenue passengers carried 27,839,284 22,669,942 22.8
 Revenues passenger miles 13,787,005,403 11,296,183,232 22.1
 Available seat miles 21,366,642,379 18,491,003,408 15.6
 Load factor (as a percent) 64.5 61.1 3.4 pts.
 Average length of haul 495 498 (0.6)
 Trips flown 438,184 382,572 14.5
 Fourth quarter 1992 1991 Pct. chg.
 Revenue passengers carried 7,180,770 5,946,646 20.8
 Revenues passenger miles 3,548,020,337 2,923,610,259 21.4
 Available seat miles 5,601,046,590 4,775,259,897 17.3
 Load factor (as a percent) 63.3 61.2 2.1 pts.
 Average length of haul 494 492 0.4
 Trips flown 113,422 98,194 15.5
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 /CONTACT: Gary C. Kelly, vice president-finance and CFO of Southwest Airlines, 214/904-4363.
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