Southwest Airlines Reports March Traffic

Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Southwest Airlines Co.

    DALLAS, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.
    DALLAS, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.