Southwest Airlines Reports April Traffic Up 20.3 Percent

Southwest Airlines Co. announced today that the Company flew 2,629.5 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in April 1998, a 20.3 percent increase over the 2,185.2 million flown in April 1997. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 7.2 percent to 3,852.0 million from the April 1997 level of 3,594.3 million. The load factor for the month was 68.3 percent, up 7.5 points from 1997.

For the first four months of 1998, Southwest flew 9,528.4 million RPMs, compared with the 8,718.2 million recorded for the same period of 1997, an increase of 9.3 percent. Available seat miles increased 7.2 percent to 15,122.2 million from the 1997 level of 14,112.0 million. The year-to-date load factor was 63.0 percent, up 1.2 points from the same period last year.