Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that the Company flew 4.2 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in May 2003, a 3.2 percent increase from the 4.1 billion RPMs flown in May 2002. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 3.9 percent to 6.0 billion from the May 2002 level of 5.8 billion. The load factor for the month was 69.2 percent, compared to 69.7 percent for the same period last year.
For the first five months of 2003, Southwest flew 19.0 billion RPMs, compared to the 18.2 billion RPMs recorded for the same period of 2002, an increase of 4.6 percent. Available seat miles increased 5.0 percent to 29.4 billion from the 2002 level of 28.0 billion. The year-to-date load factor was 64.8 percent, compared to 65.0 percent for the same period last year.
This press release, as well as past releases, can be accessed on the Southwest Airlines internet site at: http://www.southwest.com .