Southwest Airlines Celebrates 20 Years in LA

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—Southwest Airlines
(NYSE: LUV) celebrates its 20th year of service and growth at Los Angeles
International Airport today.

“Southwest has been incredibly successful in Los Angeles over the last
20 years and our most recent addition of two daily nonstops from LAX to
Baltimore/Washington is testimony to that,” said Dave Ridley, Southwest`s vice
president of ground operations.  “Our success reflects the increasing demand
among our Los Angeles Customers for Southwest`s low fares and frequent

Southwest introduced service to Los Angeles International Airport in 1982
with eight daily nonstop departures to El Paso and Phoenix.  Since then the
airline`s service has skyrocketed to 118 daily nonstop departures to
18 cities, and LAX is Southwest`s eighth busiest airport in terms of daily

Other Los Angeles statistics include:—Over the last 20 years, Southwest has grown to capture more than 21 percent of the Los Angeles market share.—In 2001, Southwest transported more than 5.8 million passengers in Los Angeles.—In first quarter 1990, Southwest carried more than one million passengers in Los Angeles.  As of second quarter 2002, Southwest carried more than three million Customers, an increase of more than 185 percent.—In the first quarter of 1990, the average one-way fare paid in Los Angeles was $125.  As of the first quarter 2002, the average one-way fare paid was $109, a decrease of more than 12 percent over the 12-year period.—Southwest honored the state of California by dedicating an airplane, California One, painted to commemorate the California state flag, in 1995.—In the last 20 years, Southwest has grown its capacity to capture more than 66 percent of the intra-California market share.—Southwest Airlines operates 97 flights between the LA Basin and the Bay Area, and gives Customers the convenience of four Basin airports: LAX, Burbank, Ontario, and Orange County.—Southwest operates more than 300 intra-California roundtrip flights.

“The Southwest Airlines Los Angeles Employees are to thank for our
tremendous success there,” Ridley said.  “Our more than 650 Employees prove
that Southwest is strongly represented in Los Angeles.”


Southwest not only wants to thank the Los Angeles Employees, but it is
also extending a thank you to Los Angeles Rapid Rewards members.  Rapid
Rewards members who fly out of Los Angeles International Airport Sept. 18,
2002, will receive a bonus credit in honor of the station`s 20th anniversary.
What this means is if a Rapid Rewards member booked a reservation through they will receive three credits total, one additional credit
combined with the double credit given for booking online.  If the Rapid
Rewards member booked a reservation through 1-800-IFLYSWA, then the member
will receive two credits, if traveling on Sept. 18, 2002, from Los Angeles
International Airport.

Southwest Airlines is celebrating Southwest`s dedication to Los Angeles
with Employees and Customers alike, and it wishes to thank the people and
travelers of Los Angeles for 20 wonderful years.  As California`s number one
intra-state carrier, Southwest serves more Customers within the state of
California than any other airline.  In addition to Los Angeles, the airline
also serves seven other California cities: Sacramento, Oakland, San Jose,
Burbank, Ontario, Orange County, and San Diego.