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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES REPORTS TRAFFIC UP 26.2 PERCENT FOR JUNE

 DALLAS, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Herbert D. Kelleher, chairman of the board and president of Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV), announced today that the company flew 1,469.7 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in June 1993, a 26.2 percent increase over the 1,165.0 million RPMs flown in June of last year. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 15.0 percent to 2,063.0 million from the June 1992 level of 1,794.4 million. The load factor for the month was 71.2 percent, up 6.3 points from last year and the highest monthly load factor since August 1980. Southwest's monthly boardings were 2,908,337 passengers carried, a 23.9 percent increase over last year.
 For the second quarter of 1993, Southwest flew 4,243.0 million RPMs compared with 3,426.6 million RPMs recorded for the same period in 1992, an increase of 23.8 percent. ASMs increased 18.3 percent to 6,089.8 million from the 1992 second quarter level of 5,146.9 million. The 1993 second quarter load factor was 69.7 percent compared to 66.6 percent for the same period last year.
 For the first six months of 1993, Southwest flew 7,889.5 million RPMs compared with the 6,529.7 million RPMs recorded for the first six months of 1992, an increase of 20.8 percent. For the same period, ASMs increased 16.5 percent. The year-to-date load factor was 67.1 percent, up 2.4 points from last year's 64.7 percent.
 SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
 Comparative Traffic Statistics
 June 1993
 June Pct.
 1993 1992 Change
 Revenue passengers carried 2,908,337 2,348,013 23.9
 Revenue passenger miles 1,469,741,691 1,164,968,470 26.2
 Available seat miles 2,063,005,792 1,794,431,783 15.0
 Load factor 71.2% 64.9% 6.3 pts.
 Average length of haul 505 496 1.8
 Trips flown 42,558 37,213 14.4
 Year-to-Date Pct.
 1993 1992 Change
 Revenue passengers carried 15,677,326 13,269,392 18.1
 Revenue passenger miles 7,889,508,835 6,529,654,244 20.8
 Available seat miles 11,760,692,959 10,091,074,657 16.5
 Load factor 67.1% 64.7% 2.4 pts.
 Average length of haul 503 492 2.2
 Trips flown 240,750 209,496 14.9
 Second Quarter Pct.
 1993 1992 Change
 Revenue passengers carried 8,465,127 6,991,182 21.1
 Revenue passenger miles 4,243,015,507 3,426,593,970 23.8
 Available seat miles 6,089,802,454 5,146,933,326 18.3
 Load factor 69.7% 66.6% 3.1 pts.
 Average length of haul 501 490 2.2
 Trips flown 125,221 107,159 16.9
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Photos of Herbert D. Kelleher, Boeing 737 and corporate logo available via Wieck Photo DataBase to any newspaper or media outlet with telephoto receiver, or electronic darkroom that can accept overhead transmissions. To electronically retrieve photo free of charge, call 214-416-3686/
 /CONTACT: Gary C. Kelly, vice president-finance/CFO of Southwest Airlines, 214-904-4363/
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