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Southwest Airlines Reports February Traffic

Dallas, TX - Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) (the “Company”) today reported its February and year-to-date preliminary traffic statistics.

The Company flew 8.7 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in February 2017, an increase of 1.1 percent from the 8.6 billion RPMs flown in February 2016. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 1.2 percent to 11.0 billion in February 2017, compared with February 2016 ASMs of 10.9 billion. The February 2017 load factor was 79.0 percent, which was flat compared with February 2016. Based on these results and current trends, the Company now estimates its first quarter 2017 operating revenue per ASM (RASM) will decline in the two to three percent range, as compared with first quarter 2016. A better-than-expected February trip completion rate and the loss of traffic from the heavy rainfall in California are contributing factors to this revised RASM outlook. In addition, there was unexpected softness in close-in demand in the second half of February that has since rebounded in March. Bookings and unit revenue trends beyond first quarter 2017 remain encouraging.

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, including specific factors expected to impact the Company’s 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 impact of economic conditions, fuel prices, actions of competitors, and other factors beyond the Company’s control, on the Company’s business; (iii) the Company’s ability to timely and effectively implement, transition, and maintain the necessary information technology systems and infrastructure to support its operations and initiatives; (iv) the impact of governmental regulations and other governmental actions related to the Company’s operations; (v) the Company’s dependence on third parties; (vi) the impact of labor matters on the Company’s business; and (vii) 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, 2016.

Southwest Airlines Co.
Preliminary Comparative Traffic Statistics
2017 2016 Change
Revenue passengers carried 8,863,310 8,761,811 1.2%
Enplaned passengers 10,662,845 10,590,896 0.7%
Revenue passenger miles (000s) 8,687,873 8,591,290 1.1%
Available seat miles (000s) 10,997,565 10,870,738 1.2%
Load factor 79.0% 79.0%
Average length of haul 980 981 (0.1)%
Trips flown 97,157 97,824 (0.7)%
2017 2016 Change
Revenue passengers carried 18,245,277 17,658,852 3.3%
Enplaned passengers 21,987,228 21,515,002 2.2%
Revenue passenger miles (000s) 18,040,522 17,533,086 2.9%
Available seat miles (000s) 23,263,003 22,415,415 3.8%
Load factor 77.6% 78.2% (0.6) pts.
Average length of haul 989 993 (0.4)%
Trips flown 205,594 201,484 2.0%


SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.

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