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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES REPORTS JULY TRAFFIC UP 72.6 PERCENT

 DALLAS, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. flew 1,559.8 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in July 1993, a 22.3 percent increase over the 1,275.2 million RPMs flown in July of last year. Available seat miles increased 12.7 percent to 2,148.7 million from the July 1992 level of 1,905.8 million. The load factor for the month was 72.6 percent, up 5.7 points from last year's load factor of 66.9 percent.
 For the first seven months of 1993, Southwest flew 9,449.3 million RPMs, compared with 7,804.8 million RPMs recorded for the same period in 1992, an increase of 21.1 percent. Available seat miles increased 15.9 percent to 13,909.3 million from the 1992 year-to-date level of 11,996.8 million. The 1993 year-to-date load factor was 67.9 percent, compared to 65.1 percent for the same period last year, an increase of 2.8 points.
 SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
 COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS
 JULY 1993
 JULY PERCENT
 1993 1992 CHANGE
 Revenue passengers
 carried 3,058,566 2,515,636 21.6
 Revenue passenger miles 1,559,802,092 1,275,169,859 22.3
 Available seat miles 2,148,654,862 1,905,771,691 12.7
 Load factor 72.6 pct 66.9 pct 5.7
 Average length of haul 510 507 0.6
 Trips flown 44,129 38,895 13.5
 YEAR-TO-DATE PERCENT
 1993 1992 CHANGE
 Revenue passengers
 carried 18,735,892 15,785,028 18.7
 Revenue passenger miles 9,449,310,927 7,804,824,103 21.1
 Available seat miles 13,909,347,821 11,996,846,348 15.9
 Load factor 67.9 pct 65.1 pct 2.8
 Average length of haul 504 494 2.0
 Trips flown 284,879 248,391 14.7
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 /CONTACT: Gary C. Kelly, vice president-finance/CFO, Southwest Airlines Co., 214-904-4363/
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