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Southwest Airlines Flights Resume at Chicago Midway After De-Icing Fluid Shortage

Southwest Airlines Flights Resume at Chicago Midway After De-Icing Fluid Shortage

Southwest Airlines said it is close to returning to normal operations at Chicago’s Midway Airport on Monday after the airline was forced to shut down operations on Sunday when it ran out of de-icing fluid.
Over 250 of the carrier’s flights were cancelled that day, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.
The carrier said that its flight schedule on Monday would be “close to normal.”
Earlier this winter, the airline experienced problems with de-icing …

Southwest Sees January Traffic Increase

Southwest Sees January Traffic Increase

Southwest Airlines announced operational results for January 2018. The carrier reported an increase in its traffic, capacity, and load factor.
The airline’s total system traffic was 9.73 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a year-over-year increase of 4% from 9.35 billion RPMs in January 2017.
The carrier reported a total system capacity of 12.5 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, up 1.9% from 12.27 billion the previous January.
Meanwhile, Southwest’s load factor for …

Nine Airlines Donate $28 Million to National Air and Space Museum to Remodel Major Exhibit

Nine Airlines Donate $28 Million to National Air and Space Museum to Remodel Major Exhibit

The National Air and Space Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. will be remodeling one of its main attractions, courtesy of $28 million in donations from nine commercial airlines.
The beneficiary of this largess, “America by Air,” is a gallery that chronicles the history and milestones of commercial aviation, featuring items and artifacts such as uniforms, , and planes that museum visitors can enter.
The donations are unique in …

Southwest Sees Record Profit for Q4 2017

Southwest Sees Record Profit for Q4 2017

Southwest Airlines announced financial results for the fourth quarter of 2017.
The airline reported record fourth quarter net income of $1.888 billion, a 261.7% increase over Q4 2016.
The airline also set a record for fourth-quarter operating revenue, reporting $5.3 billion, a year-over-year increase of 3.9%.
Southwest’s passenger revenue per available seat mile, or Prasm, increased 0.5%, up to 12.50 cents.
Passenger traffic in the fourth quarter increased by 2.6%, up to 32.19 billion …

Airlines Move to Restrict ‘Smart’ Bags with Lithium-Ion Batteries from Checked Luggage

Airlines Move to Restrict ‘Smart’ Bags with Lithium-Ion Batteries from Checked Luggage

An increasing number of U.S. airlines announced plans to discontinue allowing passengers to check luggage with built-in batteries due to a potential fire hazard.
American Airlines and Delta Air Lines said earlier this month that so-called “smart” bags, luggage that comes with built-in technology that can track a bag’s location using GPS as well as remotely lock and unlock it and even weigh it via an app won’t be permitted on …

Southwest Adds Extra Flights to Los Angeles for Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day

Southwest Adds Extra Flights to Los Angeles for Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day

Southwest Airlines announced that it will add additional flights to Los Angeles from both Atlanta and Oklahoma City at the end of the month. The move will accommodate increased demand from the two cities for the Rose Bowl, set to be played on January 1 between the University of Georgia and Oklahoma State University.
The carrier added an additional flight to Los Angeles International Airport from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on …

Southwest Reports Record Load Factor for November

Southwest Reports Record Load Factor for November

Southwest Airlines announced operational results for September 2017. The carrier reported an increase in its traffic, capacity, and load factor.
The airline’s total system traffic was 10.8 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a year-over-year increase of 3.4% from 10.4 billion RPMs in November 2016.
The carrier reported a total system capacity of 12.6 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, up 2.5% from 12.3 billion the previous November.
Meanwhile, Southwest’s load factor for …