Southwest Airlines said that a key revenue figure rose sharply in June, which hints that the carrier was able to charge higher average fares at the start of the summer travel season.
After four decades of expanding to all corners of the lower 48 states, Southwest Airlines flew into new territory on Tuesday — Jamaica, the Bahamas and Aruba. Southwest is taking over routes flown by AirTran Airways, which it bought in 2011.
The U.S. airline industry is slowly adding jobs. Passenger airlines employed the equivalent of 383,610 full-time workers in March, an increase of nearly 1 percent from last year.
Another name in aviation history will disappear after the final flight of AirTran Airways, which is scheduled for December 28. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines bought AirTran in 2011 and announced plans to combine the fleets under the Southwest brand.
Big changes are coming this summer to Southwest Airlines. Starting on July 1, the Dallas based carrier will be going international for the first time with flights to Aruba, The Bahamas and Jamaica.
A key revenue figure for Southwest Airlines Co. soared in December on stronger passenger traffic.
A key revenue figure for Southwest Airlines fell in November. The late Thanksgiving holiday may have pushed travel into December, when the figure is expected to rise.
Federal officials are seeking a $325,000 penalty against Southwest Airlines over a faulty repair job on an AirTran Airways jet in 2011. Southwest Airlines has 30 days to respond.
Passenger flew fewer miles on Southwest Airlines in August, but they paid more per mile than a year ago. Passenger revenue for every seat flown one mile rose 4 percent.
The union representing flight attendants for AirTran Airways has announced a tentative contract agreement.
Southwest Airlines flew more passengers in June, but said that customers continued to pay less per mile — a key revenue measure for the industry.
Southwest Airlines is running a three-day sale on fall travel, and other airlines are starting to match the lower prices. The company launched the sale on Tuesday.