DALLAS, March 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) (the “Company”) today reported its February and year-to-date 2018 preliminary traffic statistics.

The Company flew 9.0 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in February 2018, an increase of 3.5 percent from the 8.7 billion RPMs flown in February 2017. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 1.0 percent to 11.1 billion in February 2018, compared with February 2017 ASMs of 11.0 billion. The February 2018 load factor of 81.0 percent was a February record, compared with 79.0 percent in February 2017.

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Southwest Airlines Co.

Preliminary Comparative Traffic Statistics

FEBRUARY

2018

2017

Change

Revenue passengers carried

9,383,581

8,863,310

5.9%

Enplaned passengers

11,227,460

10,662,845

5.3%

Revenue passenger miles (000s)

8,994,390

8,687,873

3.5%

Available seat miles (000s)

11,104,404

10,997,565

1.0%

Load factor

81.0%

79.0%

2.0 pts.

Average length of haul

959

980

(2.1)%

Trips flown

97,959

97,157

0.8%

YEAR-TO-DATE

2018

2017

Change

Revenue passengers carried

19,383,137

18,245,277

6.2%

Enplaned passengers

23,225,890

21,987,228

5.6%

Revenue passenger miles (000s)

18,720,592

18,040,522

3.8%

Available seat miles (000s)

23,602,784

23,263,003

1.5%

Load factor

79.3%

77.6%

1.7 pts.

Average length of haul

966

989

(2.3)%

Trips flown

208,468

205,594

1.4%

SW-T

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SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.