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Southwest Airlines Suspends All In-Flight Food and Beverage Service

Southwest Airlines Suspends All In-Flight Food and Beverage Service

Southwest Airlines said it will temporarily suspend all food and beverage service starting Wednesday.
The move is intended to reduce customer interaction and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus and was announced in a memorandum to staff.  Customers will still, however be able to request individual cans of water during flights.
“Effective Wednesday, March 25, our beverage and snack service will be temporarily eliminated on all flights,” the memo read.  “This …

U.S. Airlines Could Shut Down, Report Says

U.S. Airlines Could Shut Down, Report Says

Airlines in the United States are drafting plans for a possible voluntary or government-ordered shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported.
One airline in the country, Hawaiian Airlines, has already suspended all international flights and virtually all flights to the mainland, while cutting back substantially on inter-island flights.
U.S. airlines are already cancelling thousands of flights on a daily basis to cope with a dwindling number of passengers, …

Airline CEOs Pledge No Stock Buybacks or Furloughs in Exchange for $29 Billion Coronavirus Bailout

Airline CEOs Pledge No Stock Buybacks or Furloughs in Exchange for $29 Billion Coronavirus Bailout

The heads of ten major U.S. airlines sent a letter to Congress with a promise to stop stock buybacks and paying dividends in exchange for a multi-billion dollar coronavirus bailout.  The industry is asking for “at least” $29 billion, saying it needs that sum in order to avoid massive layoffs.
“”Unless worker payroll protection grants are passed immediately, many of us will be forced to take draconian measures such as furloughs,” …

Southwest Airlines to Suspend All International Flying, Reduce Total Capacity by 25%

Southwest Airlines to Suspend All International Flying, Reduce Total Capacity by 25%

Southwest Airlines announced it will temporarily suspend all international operates effective Sunday and reduce total capacity by at least 25%.
The decision to suspend international service was based the fact that numerous governments are restricting travel across their borders as well as the State Department Level 4 warning advising Americans not to travel abroad.
The capacity reduction will be in place from Sunday until additional capacity reductions go into effect on April …

Coronavirus Update: Prince Albert II Tests Positive, London Curtails Tube Service, U.S. to Make $1,000 Economic Stimulus Payments

Coronavirus Update: Prince Albert II Tests Positive, London Curtails Tube Service, U.S. to Make $1,000 Economic Stimulus Payments

IN BRIEF
Spring is in the air – and unfortunately so is the novel coronavirus.  Spring will arrive at 11:50 p.m. EDT today.  In the United States, lawmakers passed a $1 trillion relief package that would make payments of $1,000 to adults and $500 to children. Meanwhile, China reported zero new cases and researchers in Wuhan found that the death rate there from the novel coronavirus was lower than originally thought.  …

Southwest Airlines Pilots Start Get Early Start on Contract Negotiations

Southwest Airlines Pilots Start Get Early Start on Contract Negotiations

The union representing pilots at Southwest Airlines announced the start of negotiations with the airline for a new collective bargaining agreement.
The previous contract, which went into effect on November 1, 2016 after four years of negotiations, included 12.45% total wage increases compounded over two years, as well as a 15.9% ratification bonus.
That contract becomes amendable on August 31, 2020 but it allows for early negotiations.  The two parties will meet …

Southwest Airlines to Offer Non-Stop Service from Denver to Steamboat Springs

Southwest Airlines to Offer Non-Stop Service from Denver to Steamboat Springs

Southwest Airlines announced plans to offer seasonal non-stop daily service from Denver to Steamboat Springs
Flights to Yampa Valley Regional Airport are slated to start by year-end.
“Whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, or just enjoy a winter wonderland, Steamboat Springs has something for everyone,” said Adam Decaire, the airline’s vice president for network planning.
Steamboat Springs is an internationally known winter ski resort destination and is also home to natural hot springs that …