BRIEF-Southwest looks at growth opportunities

Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:05pm EST

Feb 10 (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co : * In interview in Atlanta, CEO Gary Kelly says carrier looking at growth opportunities in markets rivals are

downsizing such as Memphis, Tennessee * CEO says Southwest still has significant cost advantages versus legacy carriers

even after accounting for fuel increases * CEO says fleet modernization and holding down corporate overhead important to

driving down costs in near term * CEO says carrier continues to look at used-plane market

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