Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) (the "Company") today reported its January preliminary traffic statistics.

The Company flew 9.7 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in January 2018, an increase of 4.0 percent from the 9.4 billion RPMs flown in January 2017. Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 1.9 percent to 12.5 billion in January 2018, compared with January 2017 ASMs of 12.3 billion. The January 2018 load factor was a record for the month of January at 77.8 percent, compared with 76.3 percent in January 2017.

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