Southwest Airlines Reports February Traffic

Southwest Airlines Co. announced today that the Company flew 2,167.2 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in February 1998, a 9.5 percent increase over the 1,979.3 million RPMs flown in February 1997. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 6.9 percent to 3,521.3 million from the February 1997 level of 3,295.0 million. The load factor for the month was 61.5 percent, up 1.4 points from 1997.

For the first two months of 1998, Southwest flew 4,236.8 million RPMs, compared with the 4,133.6 million RPMs recorded for the same period of 1997, an increase of 2.5 percent. Available seat miles increased 7.0 percent to 7,356.2 million from the 1997 level of 6,872.9 million. The year-to-date load factor was 57.6 percent, compared to 60.1 percent for the same period last year.