Southwest Airlines Reports July Traffic

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 7.2 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in July 2009, a 5.2 percent increase from the 6.9 billion RPMs flown in July 2008. Available seat miles (ASMs) decreased 3.6 percent to 8.7 billion from the July 2008 level of 9.0 billion. The load factor for the month was 83.2 percent, compared to 76.3 percent for the same period last year. For July 2009, passenger revenue per ASM is estimated to have decreased in the five to six percent range as compared to July 2008.

For the seven months ended July 31, 2009, Southwest flew 43.8 billion RPMs, compared to the 44.3 billion RPMs recorded for the same period in 2008, a decrease of 1.1 percent. Available seat miles decreased 3.5 percent to 58.4 billion from the 2008 level of 60.6 billion. The year-to-date load factor was 75.0 percent, compared to 73.1 percent for the same period last year.

This release, as well as past news releases on Southwest, are available online at http://www.southwest.com/?src=INVRINVJLTR000000090806.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
PRELIMINARY COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS

 
JULY
   
   
2009
 
2008
 
CHANGE
Revenue passengers carried   8,076,252   8,067,035   0.1%
Enplaned passengers   9,554,999   9,362,923   2.1%
Revenue passenger miles (000)   7,240,727   6,885,268   5.2%
Available seat miles (000)   8,703,631   9,028,366   (3.6)%
Load factor   83.2%   76.3%   6.9 pts.
Average length of haul   897   854   5.0%
Trips flown   98,761   103,157   (4.3)%
             
 
YEAR-TO-DATE
   
   
2009
 
2008
 
CHANGE
Revenue passengers carried   50,512,112   53,565,198   (5.7)%
Enplaned passengers   59,110,427   61,622,495   (4.1)%
Revenue passenger miles (000)   43,815,835   44,288,968   (1.1)%
Available seat miles (000)   58,428,233   60,556,888   (3.5)%
Load factor   75.0%   73.1%   1.9 pts.
Average length of haul   867   827   4.8%
Trips flown   667,469   701,379   (4.8)%

SOURCE
Southwest Airlines

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