Southwest Airlines Reports July Traffic Up 17.4 Percent

Southwest Airlines Co. announced today that the Company flew 2,997.4 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in July 1998, a 17.4 percent increase over the 2,553.5 million flown in July 1997. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 7.3 percent to 4,100.3 million from the July 1997 level of 3,820.4 million. The load factor for the month was 73.1 percent, up 6.3 points from 1997.

For the first seven months of 1998, Southwest flew 18,121.4 million RPMs, compared with the 16,101.0 million recorded for the same period in 1997, an increase of 12.5 percent. Available seat miles increased 7.0 percent to 27,083.4 million from the 1997 level of 25,319.2 million. The year-to-date load factor was 66.9 percent, up 3.3 points from the same period last year.