Passengers on Southwest Airlines flew fewer miles in May, but a key measure of revenue rose in a sign that airlines are still benefiting from higher fares despite the weak economy.
Southwest Airlines said Monday that it will add new service and take over some routes from its AirTran Airways subsidiary beginning in November.
Southwest Airlines is planning to offer international service out of Houston’s Hobby Airport with the city council’s adoption of a $100 million plan to expand the airport and add international flights.
Delta Air Lines is adding a new plane to its fleet, taking the Boeing 717s that Southwest Airlines got when it bought AirTran Airways. Southwest Airlines wanted someone to take the jets.
Southwest Airlines Co. said a key measure of passenger revenue rose as much as 8 percent last month as it benefited from fare increases even as its planes carried fewer people.
Southwest Airlines said Thursday that it will use a travel-reservations system from Amadeus IT Group to operate international flights in 2014.
Southwest Airlines earned $98 million in the first quarter, the company reported, helped by deals designed to blunt the pain of higher jet fuel prices.
Southwest Airlines will operate two round-trip flights between Des Moines and Chicago beginning on September 30.
This is now the second year in a row that AirTran Airways topped the rankings of the nation’s 15 largest airlines included in an annual report.
Southwest Airlines said that the FAA granted it a single operating certificate for both it and AirTran Airways. It’s the FAA’s final approval for their merger.
Southwest Airlines mechanics rejected a plan for combining their seniority list with that of mechanics at AirTran Airways. The dispute could go to arbitration.
Flight attendants for Dallas-based Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways have voted to ratify an agreement allowing the combining their seniority lists.
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