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.
Southwest Airlines and its AirTran subsidiary are adding new routes next year including additional foreign destinations.
Southwest Airlines will begin service to Atlanta in February. Atlanta is the biggest U.S. city not currently served by the Dallas-based airline.
Airlines have started rolling back fare increases. Passengers are likely to pay the same prices even though ticket taxes are being collected again.
Southwest Airlines boosted its profit with higher fares and more traffic, but fuel costs soared a stunning 64 percent higher than a year ago.