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Southwest Reports Increase in Traffic and Capacity, Slight Drop in Load Factor, for November

Southwest Reports Increase in Traffic and Capacity, Slight Drop in Load Factor, for November

Southwest Airlines announced operational results for November 2018.
The carrier reported an increase in capacity and traffic, while its load factor was down. In addition, it carried 11.6 million passengers in November, a 2.2% increase over the same period in the prior year.
The airline’s total system traffic was 11.3 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a year-over-year increase of 4.9% from 10.8 billion RPMs in November 2017. The company reported a …

Inside LaGuardia Airport’s Posh New Central Terminal Concourse, Now Open to Passengers

Attention New Yorkers and visitors: The city that never sleeps now has a brand new airport – or at least part of one.
The first concourse in the newly built replacement Central Terminal building at LaGuardia Airport opened on Saturday. I visited the new structure, also known as Terminal B, for the better part of the day, spoke with passengers, and met with airport officials who were on the ground spearheading …

New Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport Opens

New Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport Opens

Los Angeles World Airports and Southwest Airlines announced on Friday the opening of the new Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport.
The half-billion-dollar project includes all-new check-in areas, self-service kiosks, a new nine-lane security checkpoint, a new baggage claim area, and new shops and restaurants.
The Terminal 1 project is part of the airport’s overall modernization program, which includes the installation of an Automated People Mover.
The Terminal 1 project, part of …

Southwest Announces New Executive Appointments

Southwest Announces New Executive Appointments

Southwest Airlines announced multiple executive appointments and promotions on Friday.
Marilyn Post was promoted to the position of managing director, deputy general counsel. Post was previously associate general counsel for corporate and transactions. In addition, the airline’s board of directors elected her to the position of corporate secretary.
Sam Ford was promoted to the position of managing director for operational strategy and performance. Ford was previously senior director of operational strategy and …

Southwest to Launch Ontario-San Francisco Service Next Year

Southwest to Launch Ontario-San Francisco Service Next Year

Southwest Airlines announced plans to introduce a new route, San Francisco-Ontario, next spring while also expanding its existing service between Ontario and Denver.
The Dallas-based carrier will offer two daily non-stop flights from Ontario International Airport in San Bernadine County to San Francisco International Airport starting June 9, 2019, as well as two daily return flights.
In addition, Southwest plans to add a third non-stop flight between Ontario and Denver International Airport.
Southwest …

Southwest Airlines to Test New Boarding Process

Southwest Airlines to Test New Boarding Process

Southwest Airlines said it plans to test a new boarding process at several airports.
The airline said it will board passengers via two doors instead of just one, giving passengers the opportunity to use the door closest to their seats. Using the rear door may, at some airports, involve using airstairs and walking on the tarmac.
The tests will take place at four airports in California, namely Hollywood Burbank Airport, Long Beach …

Southwest Sees Increase in Traffic and Capacity for October

Southwest Sees Increase in Traffic and Capacity for October

Southwest Airlines announced operational results for October 2018.
The carrier reported an increase in capacity and traffic, while its load factor was down.
The airline’s total system traffic was 11.3 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a year-over-year increase of 6% from 10.7 billion RPMs in October 2017. The company reported a total system capacity of 13.4 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, up 7.7% from 12.4 billion the previous October.
Meanwhile, Southwest’s …