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Southwest Closes Four Stations Amid Ongoing Boeing Delivery Woes

The airline lost $231 million in the first quarter of 2024.

A Southwest Airlines 737-700 pushing back in Pittsburgh. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Southwest is ceasing operations at four airports and limiting capacity at others, citing ongoing Boeing delivery delays. The all-Boeing operator has cut its 2024 aircraft delivery plan by more than half.

On Aug. 4, 2024, the carrier says it will close stations in Bellingham, Cozumel, Houston-IAH, and Syracuse. Southwest will also “significantly restructure” operations in several markets, including capacity cuts in Atlanta and Chicago O’Hare.

“To improve our financial performance, we have intensified our network optimization efforts to address underperforming markets. Consequently, we have made the difficult decision to close our operations at Bellingham International Airport, Cozumel International Airport, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and Syracuse Hancock International Airport,” said Southwest CEO Bob Jordan in an earnings press release. “I want to sincerely thank our Employees, the airports, and the communities for all their incredible support over the years.”

According to Cirium Diio schedule data, the station closures will result in roughly 1,200 fewer flights in September 2024. The carrier did not provide specific details on further capacity cuts.

Hiring Slowdown, Voluntary Time-Off

In addition to network reductions, Southwest also plans to reduce its hiring outlook. Earlier this year, the Dallas-based carrier announced that it plans to halt pilot hiring in 2024.

The airline says voluntary time-off programs will be offered to employees. It expects to finish 2024 with approximately 2,000 fewer employees compared to 2023.

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