Southwest Airlines

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Southwest Airlines Co. is a major American airline headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and is the world's largest low-cost carrier.


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6 things to know about Southwest's new pandemic policy: No, middle seats won't be empty. Yes, you can get a refund.

Southwest Airlines will stop blocking middle seats on its flights in December as holiday travel ticks up. - Published

Coronavirus updates: Chicago curfew begins Friday night; Pfizer adds teens to vaccine trial; NBA Draft to go virtual; 223K US deaths

Chicago imposes 10 p.m. curfew for two weeks. Wyoming reports 10,000th case. Southwest Airlines to start filling middle seats. Latest COVID news. - Published

Forget about that empty middle seat: Southwest Airlines to start filling planes in December

The airline's new policy takes effect Dec. 1. - Published

Southwest Airlines CEO looks to concessions, not layoffs, if Congress balks on more aid

CEO Gary Kelly said Southwest Airlines can navigate the industry's pandemic-related crisis with a path that preserves jobs. - Published

Southwest Airlines is offering a free companion pass. Here's how to get this limited deal

In an effort to persuade travelers to fly again, Southwest Airlines is offering those who travel by Nov. 15 a shot at a limited companion pass. - Published

Happy Thanksgiving! Southwest Airlines will leave middle seats open through November

Southwest Airlines has good news for anxious travelers who have to fly over Thanksgiving weekend: it's leaving middle seats open through November. - Published

Tropical Storm Sally: United, Delta, American, Southwest issue flight waivers amid threat of hurricane

Airlines including United, Delta and Southwest have posted flight waivers for travelers concerned about flying amid threat of Tropical Storm Sally. - Published

Mother, 2-year-old escorted from Southwest Airlines flight because of mask policy

A Chicago woman said she was humiliated when she and her 2-year-old son were escorted from their flight Saturday because her child was having a snack. - Published

As airlines cut flights, Southwest is adding two new warm-weather destinations

Southwest Airlines' announcement comes as U.S. airlines have slashed fall schedules following a surge in COVID-19 cases and weakened travel demand. - Published

That didn't take long: Delta, American join United in ditching $200 change fee on US flights

The airlines' moves come 24 hours after rival United became the first U.S. carrier to eliminate the dreaded $200 fee. Southwest has never charged one. - Published

Flying to or from the Gulf Coast as Hurricane Laura approaches? Change your flight without fee

Due to fly in Hurricane Laura's path? Major airlines including United, Southwest, Delta, American and Spirit are issuing change fee waivers. - Published

Southwest launches (another) $39 fare sale to woo pandemic travelers

The three-day sale covers travel between Sept. 8 and Feb. 10 on most routes, but Hawaii travel is good into April. - Published

Southwest Airlines lowers cash burn rate

southwest airlines lowers cash burn rate
Southwest Airlines said Wednesday that daily cash burn has improved slightly more than expected due to a modest improvement in demand. CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports. ......
WorldNews - Published

'So I guess Southwest has invented time travel': Airline sends passengers bizarre flight changes

The airline says the confusing information affected travelers received is preliminary and that new flights will be arranged. - Published

Family removed from Southwest flight after 3-year-old son with autism would not wear a face mask

A Texas woman and her family were forced off a Houston-bound Southwest flight after her three-year-old son with autism would not wear a face mask. - Published

Southwest Airlines CEO says traffic needs to double to avoid layoffs in 2021

There is a growing push from airline employees, their unions and even executives to include additional federal aid in the next coronavirus relief package. Without it, they say thousands of workers..
CBS News - Published

Southwest Airlines cuts back on COVID-19 cleaning to get planes back in the air quicker

southwest airlines cuts back on covid-19 cleaning to get planes back in the air quicker
Photo by David McNew/Getty Images Airlines around the world are facing a difficult juggling act: how do you reduce the risks posed by COVID-19 while keeping costs down in a notoriously low-margin..
The Verge - Published

Southwest reduces aircraft cleaning between flights, focusing on tray tables over seat belts

Southwest's new cleaning procedure focuses on tray tables and lavatories between flights, not arm rests and seat belts, which are cleaned nightly. - Published

Southwest, Delta, American issue flight waivers as Hawaii braces for Hurricane Douglas

Airlines are issuing flight waivers as Hawaii braces for the impact of Hurricane Douglas amid the already crippling coronavirus pandemic. - Published

Airlines were finally starting to see passengers return. Then coronavirus cases spiked

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly called the industry's rocky climb out of the coronavirus crisis "a saw-toothed slog.'' - Published

Southwest Airlines to block middle seats through at least October amid coronavirus pandemic

Southwest said the customer reaction to its seating policy has been "very positive.'' Delta has said it plans to extend its policy beyond Sept. 30, too. - Published

In Parched Southwest, Warm Spring Renews Threat of ‘Megadrought’

Rapid melting this year showed that good snowpack doesn’t necessarily translate into full reservoirs. - Published

Freaked out about full flights during a pandemic? These airlines are still blocking seats – for now

Delta, Southwest, JetBlue and Alaska are among the airlines not filling planes to capacity amid the coronavirus pandemic. But be mindful of dates. - Published

Ready to fly again? Southwest launches annual fall fare sale, with one-way tickets starting at $39

The three-day Southwest Airlines sale covers travel between Aug. 11 and Dec. 17, excluding Thanksgiving travel, on flights within the continental U.S. - Published

UK weather: Britain braced for 30mph winds and more rain ahead of unsettled weekend

Southwest and eastern England will see worst of the wet weather on Thursday
Independent - Published

California, Southwest face new coronavirus woes as U.S. economy reopens

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are spiking in parts of California and the U.S. Southwest, prompting Arizona to reactivate its emergency plan for medical facilities and California to place..
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Have Southwest drink coupons but not flying right now? The airline is extending expiration dates

Free drink coupons are currently useless on Southwest because the airline has't resumed alcohol service. - Published

Southwest offers buyout packages, temporary leaves to 'ensure survival'

Southwest Airlines Co on Monday extended buyout packages and temporary paid leaves to employees in what its chief executive said was an effort to "ensure survival" as the carrier braces for a slow..
Reuters - Published

'An absolute gift': Southwest flight attendant, American Airlines CEO have emotional racism talk at 30,000 feet

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and a Southwest Airlines flight attendant bonded over the book "White Fragility'' on a flight to Florida. - Published

Before COVID-19 stopped the world, Southwest was voted best airline in this survey

Are these your favorite airlines? In a new survey Southwest came in first place, followed by JetBlue, in both long- and short-haul flying. - Published

Southwest CEO: Boeing 737 Max could fly again by late 2020

Southwest Airlines hopes to get its grounded Boeing 737 Max aircraft back in the air by the end of the year, CEO Gary Kelly said Thursday. - Published

Southwest CEO: TSA should check passenger temperatures amid coronavirus pandemic

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said temperature checks are a must to help convince travelers it's safe to fly again. - Published

U.S. airlines mandating facial coverings for all passengers

The largest U.S. airlines are moving rapidly to mandate facial coverings for all passengers, with Southwest Airlines Co and Alaska Airlines on Friday joining other major airlines in imposing the..
Reuters - Published

Southwest asks unions to start considering post-aid concessions

Southwest Airlines Co has approached unions representing pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and other employees to discuss potential concessions to prepare for a slow industry recovery, a company..
Reuters - Published

'This is just so anti-consumer': Southwest early-boarding fee policy reversed after coronavirus backlash

Southwest Airlines wasn't offering refunds or credit for some EarlyBird fees, but the airline announced a temporary change Thursday. - Published

Southwest Airlines to apply for U.S. government aid as demand craters

Southwest Airlines Co said on Thursday it intends to apply for U.S. government aid to help it ride out the sharp drop in travel demand caused by the massive lockdowns because of the coronavirus..
Reuters - Published

Southwest Airlines cutting more than 40% of flights in May as demand sags

Southwest Airlines Co said Tuesday it will cut more than 40% of flights from May 3 through June 5 amid a sharp decline in travel demand from the coronavirus pandemic.
Reuters - Published

Southwest Airlines shares heartwarming photo of 'selfless' health care workers headed to NY

News about the coronavirus pandemic continues to be grim. Southwest Airlines' latest Instagram post is here to make you smile when you need it most. - Published

Southwest suspends beverage, snack service on short flights

(This March 16 story corrects spelling error in headline and first paragraph)
Reuters - Published

U.S. airlines start cutting flights due to UK, Ireland restrictions

United Airlines Co said late Saturday it would begin cutting flights to the United Kingdom after Washington expanded travel restrictions to Britain and Ireland, and Southwest Airlines moved toward..
Reuters - Published

US Hispanic Catholics are future, but priest numbers dismal

us hispanic catholics are future, but priest numbers dismal
PHOENIX (AP) — Maria Chavira, a senior administrator in the Diocese of Phoenix, says Spanish-speaking Catholic parishes in her area are “bursting at the seams” and celebrates the emergence of..
WorldNews - Published

'It has a 9/11-like feel': Southwest CEO says bookings down precipitously from coronavirus concerns

Southwest says its first quarter revenue will be $200-$300 million lower than expected due to a sharp decline in bookings and cancellations. - Published

Inside American and Southwest airlines' operations centers: Keeping flights running smoothly

American and Southwest airlines let us tour the operations centers where everyone from maintenance to scheduling works together to manage your flight. - Published

Southwest loophole: Savvy travelers profited from airline's repeated 737 Max flight changes

Southwest has had a more liberal flight change policy than competitors, enabling savvy travelers to benefit even if they weren't on a Max. - Published

American joins United, Southwest in pushing Boeing 737 Max return until late summer

The airlines, which had the grounded plane scheduled to return in early June, have each pushed back the return to August and September. - Published

FAA agrees it must boost safety oversight for Southwest Airlines

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says it should have done a better job of ensuring Southwest Airlines Co had certified completion of maintenance on 88 used Boeing 737 jets, as noted in a report..
Reuters - Published

'Diversion, distraction and power': Audit blasts Southwest's safety culture, FAA oversight

Southwest says it "adamantly disagrees'' with the picture the audit paints of the airline's safety culture. - Published

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