Southwest Airlines Names Station Manager for Oakland

10th Oct 2002

Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV)
recently named Pravin Mahabir as the new assistant Station Manager for the
Company`s operations at Oakland International Airport.

“I look forward to working with the Employees and Customers in the Oakland
area,” said Mahabir.  “I am committed to continuing Southwest`s success at
Oakland International Airport.”

Mahabir began his career with Southwest Airlines in April 1990 as an Oakland Customer Service Agent.  Throughout his tenure with Southwest, he has
served as Oakland Customer Service Supervisor, Field Support Representative,
Sacramento Customer Service Manager, Oakland Customer Service Manager, San
Jose Assistant Station Manager, and most recently Islip Station Manager.

Mahabir also is a graduate of Southwest`s Manager in Training (MIT)
program, a course designed to help prepare individuals for Southwest
leadership roles.

“Pravin`s commitment to Southwest`s Employees and Customers has proven to
be invaluable during his tenure at Southwest Airlines,” said Frank Guistiani,
Southwest`s regional director of ground operations.  “Oakland International
Airport is fortunate to acquire such an experienced team member to its
management staff.”


Southwest Airlines currently operates 123 daily nonstop departures from
Oakland International Airport to 19 cities with additional direct or
connecting service to 33 cities.  Statewide, Southwest operates more than
300 intra-California roundtrip flights which include 97 flights between the LA
Basin and the Bay area, and give Customers the convenience of four Basin
airports: LAX, Burbank, Ontario, and Orange County.  Oakland is Southwest`s
seventh busiest airport in terms of daily departures.




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