Southwest Airlines Reports May Traffic Up 15.1 Percent

Southwest Airlines Co. announced today that the Company flew 3,157.2 million revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in May 1999, a 15.1 percent increase from the 2,743.0 million RPMs flown in May 1998. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 10.7 percent to 4,355.9 million from the May 1998 level of 3,935.6 million. The load factor for the month was 72.5 percent, up 2.8 points from 1998.

For the first five months of 1999, Southwest flew 14,263.5 million RPMs, compared with the 12,271.4 million RPMs recorded for the same period of 1998, an increase of 16.2 percent. Available seat miles increased 10.2 percent to 21,000.6 million from the 1998 level of 19,057.8 million. The year-to-date load factor was 67.9 percent, up 3.5 points from the same period last year.