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Southwest Airlines Reports March Traffic

April 5, 2013

DALLAS, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 9.4 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in March 2013, a 4.0 percent increase from the 9.1 billion RPMs flown in March 2012. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 3.8 percent to 11.5 billion from the March 2012 level of 11.1 billion. The March 2013 load factor was 82.0 percent, compared to 81.8 percent in March 2012. For March 2013, passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM) is estimated to have been comparable to the Company’s March 2012 PRASM.

For the first quarter of 2013, the Company flew 23.8 billion RPMs, compared to 23.7 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2012, an increase of 0.3 percent. Year-to-date ASMs increased 0.6 percent to 30.8 billion from the 2012 level of 30.6 billion. The year-to-date load factor was 77.1 percent, compared to 77.3 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

                      MARCH
                      -----

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

     Revenue
     passengers
     carried            9,892,713                            9,593,562             3.1 %

     Enplaned
     passengers        12,038,645                           11,734,862             2.6 %

     Revenue
     passenger
     miles
     (000)              9,442,733                            9,076,847             4.0 %

     Available
     seat
     miles
     (000)             11,512,195                           11,091,368             3.8 %

     Load
     factor                  82.0%                                81.8%         0.2 pts

     Average
     length
     of
     haul                     955                                  946             1.0 %

     Trips
     flown                116,393                              118,689            (1.9)%

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

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

     Revenue
     passengers
     carried           25,203,934                           25,560,822            (1.4)%

     Enplaned
     passengers        30,712,625                           31,154,422            (1.4)%

     Revenue
     passenger
     miles
     (000)             23,756,685                           23,684,866             0.3 %

     Available
     seat
     miles
     (000)             30,802,655                           30,632,893             0.6 %

     Load
     factor                  77.1%                                77.3%       (0.2) pts

     Average
     length
     of
     haul                     943                                  927             1.7 %

     Trips
     flown                318,514                              333,896            (4.6)%

SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.


Source: PR Newswire