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Southwest Airlines to Add New Service to Bozeman and Northwest Florida

Southwest Airlines to Add New Service to Bozeman and Northwest Florida

Southwest Airlines announced multiple new routes to airports near Yellowstone National Park and northwest Florida.
The Dallas-based carrier is adding new routes to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Montana from both Denver and Las Vegas.  In addition, it will add service linking Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport with Baltimore/WashingtonInternational Thurgood Marshall, Chicago Midway, Dallas Love Field, and Nashville International airports.
“We’re adding another destination in the West, our first in Montana, and bringing …

Airline Industry Comes Out in Favor of International Contact Tracing Program

Airline Industry Comes Out in Favor of International Contact Tracing Program

Airlines in the United States voiced support for a voluntary international contact tracing program that would help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
The list of airlines includes Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.
The carriers said they support collecting contact information including the passenger’s legal name, two phone numbers, and the passenger’s e-mail address.  The airlines would also collect the permanent …

Airline CEOs to Meet with White House Covid Coordinator Over Pre-Flight Testing

Airline CEOs to Meet with White House Covid Coordinator Over Pre-Flight Testing

CEOs of major U.S. airlines are scheduled to meet virtually with the White House Covid-19 response coordinator Friday.
The meeting with Jeff Zients, the coordinator, and other senior administration staff,  which was first reported by Reuters, comes as the Biden Administration is giving serious consideration to requiring negative coronavirus tests for domestic travel, a move that airline unions, airlines, and aircraft manufacturers have strongly opposed.
The idea of pre-flight testing was first …

Southwest Airlines Reports First Annual Loss Since 1972, Posts Loss of $3.1 Billion

Southwest Airlines Reports First Annual Loss Since 1972, Posts Loss of $3.1 Billion

Southwest Airlines announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year results for the calendar year 2020.
The Dallas-based carrier reported a loss of $3.1 billion for the year.Total operating revenue plunged 64.9% to $2.01 billion.
In addition, the airline posted a $908 million loss for the fourth quarter, compared with a profit of $514 million in the same period in 2019.
Revenue fell 65% to $2.01 billion.
The airline said that current booking …

Southwest Airlines Latest to Ban Emotional Support Animals

Southwest Airlines Latest to Ban Emotional Support Animals

Southwest Airlines said Monday that it would no longer accept any emotional support animals on its flights.
The action follows new Department of Transportation rules that require the airline only to transport service animals.
The new policy will go into effect on March 1, 2021.
Service dogs are specially trained animals that perform specific tasks for a disabled individual.
In a statement, Southwest said that the change will “address numerous concerns raised by the …

Alaska Airlines, United Next to Relaunch Boeing 737 Max

Alaska Airlines, United Next to Relaunch Boeing 737 Max

United Airlines and Alaska Airlines will be the next two U.S. carriers to return the beleaguered Boeing 737 Max aircraft to the skies.
Regulators grounded the jet two years ago in the aftermath of two fatal hull losses, an Ethiopian Airlines flight in March 2019 and the 2018 Lion Air crash.
American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, restarted 737 Max flights at the end of December.
United, the sole operator of the 737-9 Max …

Southwest Airlines to Offer Service to Fresno and Santa Barbara

Southwest Airlines to Offer Service to Fresno and Santa Barbara

Southwest Airlines announced it will begin service to Fresno and Santa Barbara next year.
The Dallas-based carrier didn’t announce specific routes but said that it will fly into  Santa Barbara Airport and Fresno Yosemite International Airport in the second quarter of 2021
With the addition of the two new destinations, Southwest will serve a total of 13 cities in California, a state that, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation,, the airline …