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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES REPORTS TRAFFIC UP 18.3 PERCENT

 SOUTHWEST AIRLINES REPORTS TRAFFIC UP 18.3 PERCENT
 DALLAS, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Herbert D. Kelleher, chairman of the


board and president of Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV), announced today that the company flew 987.5 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in February 1992, an 18.3 percent increase over the 834.7 million RPMs flown in February last year. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 16.0 percent to 1,560.4 million from the February 1991 level of 1,344.8 million. The load factor for the month was 63.3 percent, up 1.2 points from 1991.
 For the first two months of 1992, Southwest flew 1,936.9 million RPMs, compared with the 1,626.2 million RPMs recorded for the same period in 1991, an increase of 19.1 percent. Available seat miles increased 14.1 percent to 3,217.7 million from the year-to-date 1991 level of 2,820.0 million. The year-to-date load factor was 60.2 percent, compared to 57.7 percent for the same period last year.
 SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
 COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS
 FEBRUARY 1992
 FEBRUARY
 1992 1991 PCT. CHANGE
 Revenue passengers
 carried 2,006,716 1,668,967 20.2
 Revenue passenger
 miles 987,522,550 834,693,000 18.3
 Available seat
 miles 1,560,359,298 1,344,825,250 16.0
 Load factor (pct.) 63.3 62.1 1.2 pts.
 Average length
 of haul 492 500 (1.6)
 Trips flown 32,221 27,876 15.6
 YEAR-TO-DATE
 1992 1991 PCT. CHANGE
 Revenue passengers
 carried 3,905,743 3,266,515 19.6
 Revenue passenger
 miles 1,936,946,940 1,626,163,893 19.1
 Available seat
 miles 3,217,746,722 2,820,016,025 14.1
 Load factor (pct.) 60.2 57.7 2.5 pts.
 Average length
 of haul 496 498 (0.4)
 Trips flown 66,486 58,410 13.8
 -0- 3/5/92
 /CONTACT: Gary Kelly, vice president-finance/CFO of Southwest Airlines Co., 214-904-4363/
 (LUV) CO: Southwest Airlines Co. ST: Texas IN: AIR SU: PS -- NY086 -- 5669 03/05/92 17:51 EST
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