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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES REPORTS JULY TRAFFIC

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DALLAS, TEXAS – August 5, 2008 - Southwest Airlines Co. announced today that the Company flew 6.9 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in July 2008, a 2.3 percent decrease from the 7.0 billion RPMs flown in July 2007.  Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 4.3 percent to 9.0 billion from the July 2007 level of 8.7 billion.  The load factor for the month was 76.3 percent, compared to 81.4 percent for the same period last year.

For the seven months ended July 31, 2008, Southwest flew 44.3 billion RPMs, compared to the 42.2 billion RPMs recorded for the same period in 2007, an increase of 5.0 percent.  Available seat miles increased 5.7 percent to 60.6 billion from the 2007 level of 57.3 billion.  The year-to-date load factor was 73.1 percent, compared to 73.6 percent for the same period last year.

 

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