Southwest Airlines Reports February Traffic

Southwest Airlines Co. announced today that the Company flew 2,539.4 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in February 1999, a 17.2 percent increase from the 2,167.2 million RPMs flown in February 1998. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 10.2 percent to 3,879.1 million from the February 1998 level of 3,521.3 million. The load factor for the month was 65.5 percent, compared to 61.5 percent for the same period of a year ago.

For the first two months of 1999, Southwest flew 5,008.9 million RPMs, compared with the 4,236.8 million RPMs recorded for the same period of 1998, an increase of 18.2 percent. Available seat miles increased 9.4 percent to 8,047.4 million from the 1998 level of 7,356.2 million. The year-to-date load factor was 62.2 percent, compared to 57.6 percent for the same period last year.