Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines Reports Jump in Traffic and Capacity for September

Southwest Airlines Reports Jump in Traffic and Capacity for September

Southwest Airlines announced operational results for September 2018.
The carrier reported an increase in capacity and traffic, while its load factor was down.
The airline’s total system traffic was 10 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a year-over-year increase of 5.3% from 9.5 billion RPMs in September 2017. The company reported a total system capacity of 12.4 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, up 6.8% from 11.6 billion the previous September.
Meanwhile, Southwest’s …

Southwest to Offer Free Wi-Fi for Messaging

Southwest to Offer Free Wi-Fi for Messaging

Southwest Airlines said that it will begin to offer unlimited complimentary access to its in-flight Wi-Fi for messaging apps starting in October.
Supported messaging services will include iMessage and WhatsApp, The system will not support SMS or Short Text Messaging, however.
Passengers will be able to use either service on all of Southwest’s Wi-Fi-enabled flights although not all aircraft will offer the free service at launch.
“Use your chat apps for free during …

Expect Travel Disruptions Through Early Next Week from Florence: Here Are Some Tips to Minimize the Impact

While the Mid-Atlantic region braces for what is being described as a “life-threatening” hurricane called Florence, many travelers are wondering, “Should I even take that flight?”
The storm, slated to make landfall in the Carolinas as a dangerous Category 3 storm Friday morning, is predicted to produce catastrophic flooding and heavy rain over a larger swath of the region and farther inland than had been originally predicted.
Expect significant travel disruptions, not …

Southwest Reports Rise in Traffic and Capacity for August

Southwest Reports Rise in Traffic and Capacity for August

Southwest Airlines announced operational results for August 2018.
The carrier reported an increase in capacity and traffic, while its load factor fell slightly.
The airline’s total system traffic was 11.41 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a year-over-year increase of 1.6% from 11.2 billion RPMs in August 2017. The company reported a total system capacity of 13.55 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, up 2% from 13.28 billion the previous August.
Meanwhile, Southwest’s …

Airlines Issue Waivers from D.C. to the Carolinas Ahead of ‘Life-Threatening’ Hurricane Florence

Airlines Issue Waivers from D.C. to the Carolinas Ahead of ‘Life-Threatening’ Hurricane Florence

With Hurricane Florence set to strike the Carolinas as a “catastrophic” and “life-threatening” Category 4 storm, airlines serving the mid-Atlantic region are offering waivers that allow cancellations and rebookings without any fees.
The waivers are in force for destinations that are expected to be in the path of Florence, a wide swath of the East Coast that ranges from the Carolinas to the Washington, D.C. area.
Meanwhile, airlines are preparing to cancel …

Southwest to Link St. Louis with Jamaica and the Dominican Republic

Southwest to Link St. Louis with Jamaica and the Dominican Republic

Southwest Airlines announced the addition of several new seasonal international routes to its schedule.
The new routes link St. Louis with Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Both will operate once a week on Saturdays and service is slated to begin on March 9, 2019, pending government approval.
Southwest will operate the routes using Boeing 737 aircraft.
The Dallas-based airline also announced new weekly seasonal service on Saturdays between Cleveland and …

Southwest Announces a Slew of Executive Appointments

Southwest Announces a Slew of Executive Appointments

Southwest Airlines announced multiple executive appointments and promotions on Wednesday.
Mark Shaw, currently senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary was promoted to executive vice president, chief legal and regulatory officer, and corporate secretary. Jason Van Eaton, the airline’s vice president for governmental affairs, was promoted to senior vice president for governmental affairs and real estate.
Bob Montgomery, currently vice president for airport affairs, was appointed to the position of senior …