Southwest Airlines

Southwest To Begin New San Antonio, Oakland, Caribbean Routes

Southwest To Begin New San Antonio, Oakland, Caribbean Routes

Southwest Airlines announced its 2018 summer schedule. New flights include service to San Antonio, Texas and Oakland, California, as well as service to Mexico and the Caribbean.
Beginning July 8, 2018, Southwest will offer non-stop daily service between San Antonio and both Oakland and Fort Lauderdale. On July 15, the carrier will begin daily non-stop flights from Oakland to Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Orlando.
New international routes include Houston-Grand Cayman, and Pittsburgh and …

Southwest Reports Lower Numbers, Citing Hurricanes and Earthquake

Southwest Reports Lower Numbers, Citing Hurricanes and Earthquake

Southwest Airlines announced financial results for the third quarter of 2017. The airline posted lower profits, saying it had cancelled some 5,000 flights due to the powerful storms that hit the U.S. and Caribbean, resulting in a write-off of $100 million as well as a severe earthquake in the region.
The Dallas-based carrier reported net income of $503 million, up 29.6% over the same period in 2016, which was $388 million. …

Southwest Traffic, Load Factor Fall in September

Southwest Traffic, Load Factor Fall in September

Southwest Airlines announced operational results for September 2017. The carrier reported a decrease in its traffic, capacity, and load factor.
The airline’s total system traffic was 9.5 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a year-over-year decrease of 4.5% from 9.9 billion RPMs in September 2016.
The carrier reported a total system capacity of 11.6 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, down 1.6% from 11.8 billion the previous September.
Meanwhile, Southwest’s load factor for …

Woman Forcibly Removed from Southwest Flight

Woman Forcibly Removed from Southwest Flight

A female passenger was removed from a plane at Baltimore-Washington International Airport Tuesday morning by several police officers apparently acting at the airline’s behest.
The passenger, who was not identified, reportedly had informed cabin crew that she was severely allergic to two dogs on the plane, one of which was a service animal, and asked that the dogs be removed from the plane.
When this did not happen, flight attendants asked the …

Southwest Reaches Agreement with Maintenance Technicians

Southwest Reaches Agreement with Maintenance Technicians

Southwest Airlines and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association said they have reached an agreement in principle for a five-year contract.
The agreement, the second between the two parties, “outlines” the union’s first contract, according to the airline. The union currently represents 37 members.
If ratified, it will include a set of work rules, a wage scale, and a ratification bonus.
The agreement is subject to final review by the union’s national executive committee …

Southwest Sees Traffic Increase for August

Southwest Sees Traffic Increase for August

Southwest Airlines announced operational results for August 2017. The carrier reported an increase in its traffic, capacity, and load factor.
The airline’s total system traffic was 11.28 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a year-over-year increase of 5.3% from 10.71 billion RPMs in August 2016.
The carrier reported a total system capacity of 13.28 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, up 4.9% from 12.67 billion the previous August.
Meanwhile, Southwest’s load factor for the …

Southwest to Expand Flights to California

Southwest to Expand Flights to California

Southwest Airlines announced that it plans to launch multiple new routes from California next year.
On March 10, 2018, Southwest will begin new non-stop service to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico from both San Jose and Sacramento, California. Also on that date, the carrier will launch flights to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from San Diego.
Beginning April 8 of next year, the airline will offer daily non-stop flights from Sacramento to Austin and St. …