Southwest Airlines

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. …

Houston’s 2 Main Airports to Remain Closed Until At Least Thursday, Airlines Cancel Thousands of Additional Flights

Houston’s 2 Main Airports to Remain Closed Until At Least Thursday, Airlines Cancel Thousands of Additional Flights

Houston, we have a problem.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, two of the nation’s busiest airports remain closed and virtually inaccessible Monday as a result of “catastrophic flooding” in the region. Over half a dozen airports in the area were affected and remain shuttered.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport, number 12 in the nation based on passenger traffic, and William P. Hobby Airport, number 33, are expected to remain closed until Thursday. …

Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall Near Corpus Christi Causing Significant Damage and Hazardous Travel Conditions

Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall Near Corpus Christi Causing Significant Damage and Hazardous Travel Conditions

Now downgraded to Category 1, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm Friday at 9:45 p.m. local time, much earlier than expected. With winds as high as 130 mph (209 km/h), the eye of the storm came ashore northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas.
As of 10 a.m. Central Time, hundreds of flights have been delayed and cancelled, with the majority concentrated in South Texas. George Bush Intercontinental and William …

Southwest Sees Bump in Traffic and Load Factor for July

Southwest Sees Bump in Traffic and Load Factor for July

Southwest Airlines announced operational results for July 2017.
The carrier reported an increase in its traffic, capacity, and load factor.
The airline’s total system traffic was 12.36 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a year-over-year increase of 6% from 11.67 billion RPMs in July 2016.
The company reported a total system capacity of 14.16 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, up 5.5% from 13.42 billion the previous July.
Meanwhile, Southwest’s load factor for the …

Southwest Reports Lower Q2 Profit

Southwest Reports Lower Q2 Profit

Southwest Airlines announced financial results for the second quarter of 2017.
The airline reported net income of $748 million. The figure was a 1.2% decrease over the second quarter net income of 2016, which was $757 million.
The airline set a record for second-quarter operating revenue, reporting $5.7 billion, a year-over-year increase of 6.7%.
Southwest’s passenger revenue per available seat mile, or Prasm, increased by 1.6%, up to 13.03 cents.
Passenger traffic in the …