Southwest Airlines Reports March Traffic up 14.1 Percent

Southwest Airlines Co. announced today that the Company flew 3,037.6 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in March 1999, a 14.1 percent increase from the 2,662.0 million RPMs flown in March 1998. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 11.0 percent to 4,345.6 million from the March 1998 level of 3,913.9 million. The load factor for the month was 69.9 percent, up 1.9 points from 1998.

For first quarter 1999, Southwest flew 8,046.5 million RPMs, compared with the 6,898.8 million RPMs recorded for the same period of 1998, an increase of 16.6 percent. Available seat miles increased 10.0 percent to 12,393.0 million from the 1998 level of 11,270.2 million. The first quarter load factor was 64.9 percent, up 3.7 points from the same period last year.