Southwest Airlines Reports March Traffic

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 4.0 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in March 2001, an 11.1 percent increase from the 3.6 billion RPMs flown in March 2000. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 12.1 percent to 5.5 billion from the March 2000 level of 4.9 billion. The load factor for the month was 72.2 percent, compared to 72.9 percent for the same period last year.

For the first quarter 2001, Southwest flew 10.7 billion RPMs, compared to the 9.5 billion RPMs recorded for the same period of 2000, an increase of 12.8 percent. Available seat miles increased 12.0 percent to 15.9 billion from the 2000 level of 14.2 billion. The first quarter load factor was 67.3 percent, compared to 66.8 percent for the same period last year.

This release, as well as past news releases on Southwest, are available online at www.southwest.com.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
PRELIMINARY COMPARATIVE TRAFFIC STATISTICS

    MARCH
    2001   2000   CHANGE
             
Revenue passengers carried   5,855,586   5,410,319   8.2 %
Revenue passenger miles (000)   3,970,209   3,572,124   11.1 %
Available seat miles (000)   5,495,532   4,903,319   12.1 %
Load factor   72.2%   72.9%   (0.7) pts.
Average length of haul   678   660   2.7 %
Trips flown   80,260   75,515   6.3 %
             
    YEAR-TO-DATE
    2001   2000   CHANGE
             
Revenue passengers carried   15,714,766   14,389,276   9.2 %
Revenue passenger miles (000)   10,661,624   9,453,201   12.8 %
Available seat miles (000)   15,852,999   14,153,959   12.0 %
Load factor   67.3%   66.8%   0.5 pts.
Average length of haul   678   657   3.2 %
Trips flown   231,793   218,615   6.0 %
 

SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.
Web site: http://www.southwest.com

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