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Southwest Airlines Reports February Traffic

March 7, 2013

DALLAS, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 7.1 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in February 2013, a 2.3 percent decrease from the 7.2 billion RPMs flown in February 2012. Available seat miles (ASMs) decreased 3.1 percent to 9.3 billion from the February 2012 level of 9.6 billion. The February 2013 load factor was 75.8 percent, compared to 75.2 percent in February 2012. For February 2013, passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) is estimated to have increased approximately two percent compared to February 2012.

For the first two months of 2013, the Company flew 14.3 billion RPMs, compared to 14.6 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2012, a decrease of 2.0 percent. Available seat miles decreased 1.3 percent to 19.3 billion from the 2012 level of 19.5 billion. The year-to-date load factor was 74.2 percent, compared to 74.8 percent for the same period in 2012.

This release, as well as past news releases about Southwest Airlines Co., is available online at southwest.com.

                           SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

                 PRELIMINARY COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS

                    FEBRUARY
                    --------

                             2013                                 2012  CHANGE
                             ----                                 ----  ------

     Revenue
     passengers
     carried            7,626,394                            7,979,069            (4.4)%

     Enplaned
     passengers         9,245,498                            9,646,628            (4.2)%

     Revenue
     passenger
     miles
     (000)              7,059,577                            7,228,029            (2.3)%

     Available
     seat
     miles
     (000)              9,308,084                            9,605,490            (3.1)%

     Load
     factor                  75.8%                                75.2%         0.6 pts

     Average
     length
     of
     haul                     926                                  906             2.2 %

     Trips
     flown                 96,804                              105,203            (8.0)%

                YEAR-TO-DATE
                ------------

                             2013                                 2012  CHANGE
                             ----                                 ----  ------

     Revenue
     passengers
     carried           15,311,221                           15,967,260            (4.1)%

     Enplaned
     passengers        18,673,980                           19,419,560            (3.8)%

     Revenue
     passenger
     miles
     (000)             14,313,951                           14,608,019            (2.0)%

     Available
     seat
     miles
     (000)             19,290,459                           19,541,525            (1.3)%

     Load
     factor                  74.2%                                74.8%       (0.6) pts

     Average
     length
     of
     haul                     935                                  915             2.2 %

     Trips
     flown                202,121                              215,207            (6.1)%

SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.


Source: PR Newswire