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Southwest Airlines to Block Middle Seats Through Thanksgiving Travel Period

Southwest Airlines to Block Middle Seats Through Thanksgiving Travel Period

Southwest Airlines said it would continue to block all middle seats on mainline flights and maintain reduced loads on regional flights through at least November 30, 2020 as the travel industry continues to struggle with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The airline reiterated that it will require all passengers over the age of two to wear face masks, with no exceptions.  The mask requirement is in effect at ticket counters, …

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines Report Steep Losses

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines Report Steep Losses

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines both announced financial results for the second quarter of 2020.
Both carriers reported significant losses for the period, the first full quarter to fall within the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Southwest reported an 83% drop in revenue compared to the same quarter in 20219, yielding a loss of $915 million.  American said revenue fell 86%, resulting in a $2 billion loss.
“This was one of the most challenging quarters …

Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, United Agree to Common Wellness Assessment

Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, United Agree to Common Wellness Assessment

Seven U.S. airlines agreed Monday on a common set of coronavirus-related health and wellness procedures for passengers.
The list of carriers includes Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, and United.
The airlines will require all passengers to complete a “health acknowledgement” in the course of checking in for a flight. The acknowledgement will cover that a face covering must be worn, that the passenger does not have a fever (100.4° F or …

Southwest Promises to Block Middle Seats Through September, Announces Mask Policy

Southwest Promises to Block Middle Seats Through September, Announces Mask Policy

Southwest Airlines said it would continue to block all middle seats on its aircraft through at least the end of September.
In addition, the airline introduced what it termed a Customer Health Declaration that requires passengers to acknowledge that the airline requires passengers to wear face masks and to confirm that they do not have any symptoms of Covid-19 nor have they been diagnosed with, or exposed to someone with the …

U.S. Airlines Struggle as Airports Become Parking Lots

In early May, Warren Buffett divested all of his investment firm’s holdings in the four major U.S. airlines, warning that the “world has changed” for the aviation industry due to the coronavirus crisis.  In mid May, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun said he saw a bumpy road ahead for the airline industry and predicted that a major carrier would not survive 2020 as a result.
It appears Buffett and Calhoun were on …

Southwest Airlines to Add New Routes from Atlanta, Denver, Long Beach

Southwest Airlines to Add New Routes from Atlanta, Denver, Long Beach

Southwest Airlines announced the addition of multiple new routes with the publication of its flight schedule through early January.
“Never before has Southwest been more primed to emerge as the preferred choice of corporate travel as the business climate across America begins its recovery,” said Andrew Watterson, the airline’s chief commercial officer.
On November 1, the airline will add non-stop service linking Long Beach with Phoenix three times a day and with …

Southwest Tries to Boost Travel Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic with One-Month Fare Sale

Southwest Tries to Boost Travel Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic with One-Month Fare Sale

Promising elevated levels of cleaning and enhanced social distancing, Southwest Airlines announced a month-long sale on airfares effective Tuesday.
“We’re all eager to move again in a new chapter that feels more familiar,” said Ryan Green, the airline’s chief marketing officer in a statement.
The airline is offering fares between $49 and $99 for one-way flights to many U.S. destinations. Examples include a $99 fare for travel between Dallas and New York …