We’ve known for a long time that Southwest would be expanding in Long Beach. With today’s schedule extension — sorry for the delay, but this was embargoed — Southwest is doubling its presence with 17 new flights to five new (plus some existing) cities. It’s a big expansion, but will … Read the post
As the end of 2020 approaches, Southwest finds itself in a very unfamiliar situation. The airline has long thrived during economic downturns, and it always finds ways to take advantage of the misfortune of other airlines. It’s trying to do that now, but for the first time, it’s also asking … Read the post
For an airline that hasn’t rolled out many new cities in some time, Southwest sure is active these days. While I was traveling last week, Southwest announced Savannah, Jackson (MS), and Colorado Springs. Then just yesterday, it published schedules for Colorado Springs and Chicago/O’Hare. With every announcement, Southwest … Read the post
Greetings from Airlineville. On the surface, it was another quiet week for our fine residents, but underneath, there was more action than you might think.
The Eagle extended its effort to shun small cities while the Widget did all sorts of housecleaning. The Animal made his holiday plans while both … Read the post
Southwest used to be an airline that added dots in the Continental US to its route map at a torrid pace, but that hasn’t happened in a long time. After the AirTran merger settled, Southwest’s new cities focused on flying over the water — think the Caribbean, Mexico, and most … Read the post
This week’s featured link
Gary Kelly Outlines Plans to Avoid Layoffs and Furloughs Through 2021 – Southwest Media
I thought this 10 minute video from Southwest CEO Gary Kelly was really well done. Sure, it’s good news that they are avoiding furloughs, but there are pay cuts that accompany those, … Read the post
I’m back with another Cranky Flier Interview, presented by Ontario International Airport. It’s time once again for the annual chat with Southwest Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Watterson. We usually do this in person at the Boyd conference, but this year, well, a phone will have to do.
It wouldn’t … Read the post
I fear my relationship with Diio by Cirium is becoming unhealthy. Every Friday night, I run to Diio to learn about that week’s airline schedule changes, but Diio remains emotionless. Maybe I’m asking too much, but that won’t quell my burning desire to spend every weekend with the website. This … Read the post
The story of the summer so far has been American’s aggressive approach to capacity in the domestic US market. The airline put out far more than United and Delta, and throughout June, it benefited greatly as leisure travelers started to make plans and buy tickets. But now, things are changing … Read the post
We all know the story about Southwest. It came from nothing to become the most consistently profitable and beloved airline in America. All of that goodwill — along with all that cash — has been built up year after year, just waiting for a time when Southwest would need to … Read the post