Southwest Airlines Reports April Traffic Up 16.4 Percent

Southwest Airlines Co. announced today that the Company flew 3,059.8 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in April 1999, a 16.4 percent increase from the 2,629.5 million RPMs flown in April 1998. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 10.4 percent to 4,251.7 million from the April 1998 level of 3,852.0 million. The load factor for the month was 72.0 percent, up 3.7 points from 1998.

For the first four months of 1999, Southwest flew 11,106.3 million RPMs, compared with the 9,528.4 million RPMs recorded for the same period of 1998, an increase of 16.6 percent. Available seat miles increased 10.1 percent to 16,644.7 million from the 1998 level of 15,122.2 million. The year-to-date load factor was 66.7 percent, up 3.7 points from the same period last year.