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Southwest Airlines Reports April Traffic

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DALLAS, May 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) (the "Company") today reported its April and year-to-date preliminary traffic statistics.

The Company flew 10.4 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in April 2016, an increase of 4.7 percent from the 9.9 billion RPMs flown in April 2015. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 4.3 percent to 12.4 billion in April 2016, compared with April 2015 ASMs of 11.9 billion. The April 2016 load factor was a record for the month of April at 83.4 percent, compared with 83.1 percent in April 2015. Based on these results and current trends, the Company continues to expect a modest increase in its second quarter 2016 operating revenue per ASM (RASM) as compared with second quarter 2015.

This release, as well as past news releases about Southwest Airlines Co., is available online at Southwest.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Specific forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements related to the Company's financial outlook and projected results of operations. These statements involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other factors that are difficult to predict and that could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed in or indicated by them. Factors include, among others, (i) changes in demand for the Company's services and other changes in consumer behavior; (ii) the Company's ability to timely and effectively maintain the necessary information technology systems and infrastructure to support its operations and initiatives; (iii) the impact of governmental regulations and other governmental actions related to the Company's operations; and (iv) other factors, as described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the detailed factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.



Southwest Airlines Co.

Preliminary Comparative Traffic Statistics



APRIL



2016



2015



Change

Revenue passengers carried

10,340,882



9,985,964



3.6%

Enplaned passengers

12,606,212



12,195,952



3.4%

Revenue passenger miles (000s)

10,358,780



9,898,455



4.7%

Available seat miles (000s)

12,425,733



11,911,680



4.3%

Load factor

83.4%



83.1%



0.3 pts.

Average length of haul

1,002



991



1.1%

Trips flown

109,219



107,578



1.5%













YEAR-TO-DATE



2016



2015



Change

Revenue passengers carried

38,944,361



36,428,960



6.9%

Enplaned passengers

47,234,653



44,294,910



6.6%

Revenue passenger miles (000s)

38,766,944



35,759,322



8.4%

Available seat miles (000s)

47,693,882



44,209,145



7.9%

Load factor

81.3%



80.9%



0.4 pts.

Average length of haul

995



982



1.3%

Trips flown

423,756



404,148



4.9%

 

SW-T

 

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SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.

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