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 … 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.
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
After coronavirus: Your next flight may look like this – Los Angeles Times
From the title, this mean seem like a look at what travel will be like in the near future, but I was interviewed specifically about pricing. As I mentioned, if there are social distancing rules in place, … Read the post
With airlines and online travel agents changing and, at times, seemingly making up random rules to prevent refunds, it’s no surprise to see lawyers out in force. But make no mistake; the class action lawyer is all about getting themselves paid, not about actually getting travelers what they deserve. In … Read the post
Southwest has been busy cutting its schedule like everyone else, and for May it’s down by more than half to about 2,000 flights a day. That’s still a lot, and it’s more than demand would require, but the airline has some unique circumstances that make it willing to operate more … Read the post