Southwest Airlines posts higher Q3 profit


Oct 24 (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co said onThursday that quarterly profit rose as fuel and maintenancecosts fell.

Net income was $259 million, or 37 cents a share, in thethird quarter, compared with $16 million, or 2 cents a share, ayear earlier.

Excluding special items, the company said profit was 34cents a share.

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