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Southwest lost $75 million after the four-day meltdown that left passengers stranded

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800. Markus Mainka/Shutterstock Southwest Airlines said it lost $75 million during its Columbus Day weekend meltdown. The airline posted a $135 million third-quarter loss and said revenue is still down 17% compared to 2019. Southwest expects a $100 million loss in the fourth quarter despite an increase in bookings for the holiday season. Southwest Airlines lost $75 million in a four-day operational meltdown that forced over 2,000 flight cancellations and lef...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, News, California, Trends, Cnn, Loss, Earnings, Meltdown, Illinois, Southwest Airlines, Flight Cancellations, Southwest, Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Boeing


Southwest scraps plan to put unvaccinated workers on unpaid leaveSouthwest scraps plan to put unvaccinated workers on unpaid leave

It will wait for exemptions to be reviewed
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Southwest Airlines reverses course and says it won't put unvaccinated employees on unpaid leave if they're seeking an exemption

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 in Denver. Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Southwest Airlines said it will not put unvaccinated workers with a pending exemption on unpaid leave come December. The company said employees can continue working if they follow COVID-safety policies until their request is reviewed. American Airlines' flight attendant union told its members they will not be terminated if they are not vaccinated. Southwest Airlines is abandoning its plan to put unvaccinated ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Texas, News, Trends, Joe Biden, Vaccine, Biden, Denver, United, Southwest Airlines, Cnbc, United Airlines, Flight Attendants, American Airlines, Southwest


Southwest Airlines shows off its unique history and company culture with its corporate office - see inside the company's Texas headquarters

The Winning Spirit conference room BOKA Powell Southwest Airlines displays its history and company culture in its corporate office in Dallas, Texas. The company's headquarters feature murals, unique lounges, model aircraft, and old flight attendant uniforms. Employees can watch Southwest aircraft take off and land from its deck overlooking Dallas Love Field Airport. Southwest Airlines turned 50 this year, and its long history of humor, hot pants, and unique marketing campaigns has ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Halloween, Texas, Trends, Features, Dallas, Southwest Airlines, Dot, Southwest Culture, Southwest, Dallas Texas, Herb Kelleher, Gary Kelly, Kelleher, Corgan


Southwest Airlines' CEO issued a formal apology to customers after delays left them stranded for hours over the weekend: 'This is not the experience you deserve'

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly issued a formal apology for the company's weekend meltdown. He addressed customers and employees directly, apologizing for the negative impact the breakdown had. Company COO Mike Van de Ven explained why the chaos happened and asked customers to give Southwest another chance. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly issued a formal apology to customers on Thursday after its weekend meltdown that impacted th...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, News, Trends, Las Vegas, Apology, Southwest Airlines, Orlando, Flight Delays, Flight Cancellations, Southwest, Kelly, Romano, Gary Kelly, CBS Chicago


Southwest Airlines' exec says a 'staffing cushion' is needed to avoid further schedule reductions

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Stephen M. Keller/Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines canceled over 3,000 flights in a weekend meltdown, leaving passengers stranded. COO Mike Van de Ven says the airline needs a "staffing cushion" to better prepare for disruptions. Van de Ven warns the company may reduce its winter flight schedule if it cannot find enough workers. Southwest Airlines' COO Mike Van de Ven told employees on Sunday that a "staffing cushion" is needed to prevent further sche...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, News, Trends, Bloomberg, Cnn, Jordan, Faa, Southwest Airlines, Stephen, Jacksonville, Flight Delays, Flight Cancellations, Murray, Southwest


Southwest says it still plans to implement its employee vaccine mandate, citing federal rules that trump the Texas governor's blanket ban

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Carrington Tatum/Shutterstock, Stewart F. House/Stringer/Getty Images Southwest Airlines plans to keep its vaccine mandate despite the Texas governor's executive order. President Biden's federal vaccine requirement supersedes state law, according to the carrier. Southwest said that to remain a government contractor, it must comply with the president's mandate. Southwest Airlines said it will comply with President Joe Biden'...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Texas, News, Trends, Joe Biden, Delta, Dallas, Executive Order, Biden, Southwest Airlines, Cnbc, Murray, American Airlines, Southwest, Abbott


There is no evidence Southwest flights were cancelled due to a vaccine protest, FAA says

A Southwest Airlines plane lands at Los Angeles International Airport. FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images/Getty Southwest Airlines cancelled more than 1,800 flights over the weekend. The company and its pilot union both said the issue was unrelated to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Southwest is requiring employees to be vaccinated by December 8. There is no evidence that Southwest Airlines' operational difficulties over the weekend "were related to vaccine mandates," the Federal Aviation Admini...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Politics, Texas, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Economy, Ted Cruz, New York Times, Republican, Pilots, Faa, Charles Davis, Southwest Airlines, Federal Aviation Administration


Southwest's weekend meltdown wasn't due to a vaccine protest, its pilots union says

Southwest Airlines pilot Mike Stewart/AP Southwest Airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights over the weekend due to staffing shortages. High-profile public figures incorrectly suggested the shortages were due to an anti-vax walkout. The company's pilot union said flight crews were not participating in a protest. Southwest Airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights over the weekend due to a confluence of severe weather and air traffic control issues, leaving thousands of travelers stranded. T...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Trends, Joe Biden, Ted Cruz, Fox News, Biden, Delays, Faa, Southwest Airlines, Cancellation, Federal Aviation Administration, Flight Delays, Flight Cancellations, Southwest


Delta is falling behind top competitors by not mandating vaccines for employees despite Biden’s mandate

Delta Air Lines has not yet mandated vaccines for workers despite President Joe Biden's executive order for federal contractors. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider Delta Air Lines hasn't yet required vaccines for employees despite President Biden's mandate for federal contractors. American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines now require employees to be vaccinated. Delta says its existing strategy of encouraging vaccines is helping to increase the vaccination rates. ...
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United says 273 employees reported they were vaccinated after the company said they would be fired over the company's strict vaccine mandate

A United employee with a vaccination card. United Airlines United's number of unvaccinated workers dropped from 593 to 320 after they faced termination. The carrier required all nonexempt US employees to be fully inoculated by September 27 or be fired. Over 99% of the company's nonexempt US workforce has been vaccinated against COVID-19. See more stories on Insider's business page. Nearly half of United Airlines' unvaccinated workers have now provided proof of inoculation s...
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United says 273 employees reported they were vaccinated after the company said they would be fired due to the company's strict vaccine mandate

United employee with vaccination United Airlines United Airlines' number of unvaccinated workers has dropped from 593 to 320 after facing termination. The carrier required all non-exempt US employees to be fully inoculated by September 27 or be fired. Over 99% of the company's non-exempt US workforce has been vaccinated against COVID-19. See more stories on Insider's business page. Nearly half of United Airlines' unvaccinated workers have provided proof of inoculation since...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, US, Trends, Vaccine, United, Southwest Airlines, Cnbc, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest, Kelly, Gary Kelly, United Airlines United Airlines, United s U S


Southwest Airlines painted Disney characters on one of its planes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the airline and Walt Disney World

Southwest Airlines and Walt Disney World's commemorative aircraft Stephen M. Keller/Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines and Walt Disney World Resort teamed up to create an iconic 50th-anniversary aircraft livery. The plane features both company's 50th-anniversary logos and is finished with an "EARidescent treatment." See more stories on Insider's business page. Southwest Airlines and Walt Disney World Resort unveiled a special co-branded aircraft livery on Tuesday to cele...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Disney, Trends, Features, Aircraft, Houston, Walt Disney World, Boeing, Southwest Airlines, Stephen, Southwest, Livery, 50th Anniversary, Minnie


United Airlines says over 99% of non-exempt employees in its 67,000-strong US workforce are vaccinated against COVID-19

United Airlines United Airlines announced on Tuesday that over 99% of its US workforce has been vaccinated against COVID-19. Of the 67,000 US employees, 593 have refused to comply with the mandate and will begin the separation process. United said the policy has benefited recruiting, saying people are applying because of the vaccine requirement. See more stories on Insider's business page. United Airlines said on Tuesday almost all of its US employees have been fully vaccinated agains...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Texas, News, US, Employment, Trends, Vaccination, Vaccinations, Fda, Pfizer, United, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines


Extreme weather caused JetBlue to cancel half of its flights on Thursday with cancellations continuing as the airline recovers

meric AP/Elaine Thompson JetBlue left hundreds of passengers stranded after delaying or canceling half of its flights on Thursday. The airline said severe weather in Florida and New England caused the flight disruptions. Weather was a primary factor in delays that occurred over the summer, causing issues for American and Spirit. See more stories on Insider's business page. JetBlue Airways canceled or delayed over half of its flights yesterday, leaving passengers at some airports str...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Twitter, Florida, New York, News, Trends, Southwest Airlines, Jetblue, Staffing, New England, Jfk Airport, Flight Delays, Flight Cancellations, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines


Extreme weather disrupted almost half of JetBlue's flights on Thursday with cancellations continuing as the airline recovers

AP/Elaine Thompson JetBlue left hundreds of passengers stranded after delaying or canceling half of its flights on Thursday. The airline said severe weather in Florida and New England caused the flight disruptions. Weather was a primary factor in delays that occurred over the summer, causing issues for American and Spirit. See more stories on Insider's business page. JetBlue Airways canceled or delayed over half of its flights yesterday, leaving passengers at some airports stranded fo...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Twitter, Florida, New York, News, Trends, Southwest Airlines, Jetblue, Staffing, New England, Jfk Airport, Flight Delays, Flight Cancellations, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines


Southwest Airlines found success with free booze, arm wrestling, and go-go boots - take a look at the 50-year-old airline's full history

Southwest Airlines first flight attendant uniforms Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines, the US's largest domestic carrier, celebrated its 50th anniversary in June. The airline found success using unconventional marketing strategies focused on humor, booze, arm wrestling, and go-go boots. Southwest grew its network by beating the Wright Amendment, a law implemented to restrict operations out of its Dallas Love Field base. See more stories on Insider's business page. Southwest ...
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Southwest Airlines announces 8 new routes in its latest expansion as airlines ramp up focus on Austin - see the full list

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700. AaronP:Bauer Griffin/GC Images/Getty Southwest Airlines announced eight new routes on Thursday, six of which focus on Austin, Texas. Austin, dubbed "Silicon Hills," has become increasingly popular for tech giants from California. Southwest will operate two new routes outside of Texas, including service from Colorado to Mexico. See more stories on Insider's business page. Southwest Airlines announced eight new routes on Thursday in its latest network...
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5 celebrity vineyards and wineries you can actually visit across the country

There are celebrity wines out there that are celebrity in name only. And then there are celebrity wines that go a little further with vineyards and tasting rooms that you can visit to see and taste for yourself. From California wine country to Arizona and Virginia, there are wineries owned by the stars across the country. Some, like the wineries owned by Francis Ford Coppola, are almost as famous for the wine as for who owns it. Others are quietly putting out tasty bottles without splashing a...
Tags: Travel, California, Virginia, America, Arizona, Napa, Charlottesville, Major League Baseball, Bay Area, All, Prescott, Southwest, Francis Ford Coppola, Esquire, Flagstaff, Adam


Union sues Southwest over Covid related pay changesUnion sues Southwest over Covid related pay changes

SWAPA says the changes needed to be negotiated
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Union sues Southwest over Covid related pay ratesUnion sues Southwest over Covid related pay rates

SWAPA says the changes needed to be negotiated
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Union sues Southwest over Covid related pay

SWAPA says the changes needed to be negotiated
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7 airlines, including Southwest and Delta, are trying to dismiss a man's anti-mask lawsuit, saying he has no authority to sue them in federal court

The lawsuit alleged that multiple airlines had violated the Air Carrier Access Act. David McNew/Getty Images Airlines responded to a mask-mandate suit, saying the claim should be filed with the government. Delta, Southwest, JetBlue, Alaska, Allegiant, Frontier, and Spirit responded in federal court. There is "no private right of action," lawyers for Frontier and Allegiant wrote. See more stories on Insider's business page. Seven airlines sought to dismiss a lawsuit over mask requireme...
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Delta Air Lines will charge unvaccinated employees more for health insurance

By Pete Muntean | CNN Business Delta Air Lines is putting a new deadline on unvaccinated employees that will require them to take weekly Covid tests and, depending on their insurance, pay a $200 per month surcharge. Delta CEO Ed Bastian made the announcement in a company-wide memo, which the company shared with CNN. The airline says may of its employees are already vaccinated, but it has room for improvement. “While we can be proud of our 75% vaccination rate, the aggressiveness of the variant ...
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Why Route 66 makes for the best sports-focused road trip in America

Just so you know, Matador may collect a small commission from the links on this page if you decide to book a stay. Listed prices are accurate as of the time of publication. See our full Advertiser Disclosure here. Route 66 is America’s most famous road. Some people take it for the history, others take it for the art, and many take it because Route 66 has an outsized reputation in a country in love with the great American road trip. What’s often left o...
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How to plan a family trip to Alaska

E very year, over two million people visit Alaska — many of them as families. They come to explore the country’s most epic landscapes; to bond under the northern lights; to learn about the different Alaska Native cultures around the state; to have the kind of vacation the entire family will remember forever. It’s a little intimidating at first glance: Countless must-see places and must-have experiences are spread out across an area that could fit 19 smaller US states! With a destination this g...
Tags: Travel, US, Alaska, Arctic, North America, North Pole, Mccarthy, Family Travel, All, Southwest, Katmai National Park, Prince William Sound, Interior, Anchorage, Fairbanks Alaska, Whittier


19 of the Best Road Trips in the USA

Pack your car, prepare your playlist, wind down the windows, and get ready for stunning views and adventures on an epic United States road trip. We’ve been taking road trips in the USA since 2004 before we had kids, and for the past 4 years in-depth with our kids, including a 10 month RV trip across the Western part of the USA. Snow Canyon State Park, Utah We’ve put together a list of what we think are the best road trips in the USA. We’ve experienced almost all of them (we threw ...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Florida, Usa, Minnesota, Mississippi, Congress, California, Montana, Washington, La, Boston, Virginia, New York City, US, America


Delta and United Set Schedules Until the Holidays, Frontier Goes Capacity Crazy

On the surface, the Cirium data made it look like a relatively quiet week in Airlineville. Maybe they were all masked up, isolating in their homes just like I was. Or maybe they were quietly hatching plans for the future. It was most certainly the latter for both the Widget and the Globe. It may not have looked like much, but they both seem to have made their plans all the way until the holidays hit in December. That just seems so far away. Meanwhile, the Animal behaved like a fast-grow...
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Cranky on the Web: Spirit Cancels, Airline Schedule Changes

Spirit Airlines cancels hundreds of more flights on Friday and vows ‘reductions in cancellations’ – CNNYes, Spirit is a mess. But in the long run, it’ll all be forgotten. I’ll have more on this next week. Airlines are changing schedules; here’s how to handle inconvenient new flight times – TPGSchedule changes keep happening over and over again, but for the first time, Southwest is a major player in the game. Here’s why along with a couple tips on how to deal with them.
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Should United Eliminate Bag Fees?

It’s fun to sit back and ponder “what if” scenarios, so when I saw Holly Hegeman mention in PlaneBusiness a recent note from Wolfe Research analyst Hunter Keay, it caught my attention. The note is entitled “What if UAL adopts Bags Fly Free?” and Hunter was kind enough to provide me with a copy. As Hunter says in the note, this isn’t meant to advocate for United to actually eliminate bag fees. Instead, the note reads like a bunch of smart avgeeks sitting around on a Friday night with a beer ...
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