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A Southwest 737-800 on final approach to Los Angeles. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Southwest Adds Chicago O’Hare, Houston Intercontinental Service

Throughout its history, Southwest Airlines has favored smaller, less busy airports, that are often close to major city centers. This has worked well for the airline in cities like Chicago and Dallas, where the airline has had a virtual monopoly at Chicago Midway and Houston Hobby. The airline has famously fought to remain at smaller airports, including a 34-year fight to repeal the Wright Amendment restricting growth at Love Field. Now in 2020, when the unexpected has become the norm,…

Southwest Adds Montrose; Loads Miami, Palm Springs Routes

Southwest Airlines has made leisure travel the focal point of its Covid-19 recovery plan. For the winter the airline believes that travelers will be heading to the slopes. In August the airline announced it would begin seasonal service to Steamboat Springs from Denver and Dallas Love. Now the airline has…

United Airlines Pilots Agree to Avoid Furloughs

The United Airlines chapter of the Air Lines Pilot Association has announced that none of its 13,000 pilots will be furloughed on Oct. 1, the company announced. The agreement will delay any furlough in the pilot group until June 2021 at the earliest. Prior to this agreement, 2,850 pilots out…

Scenic Flights Could Provide Help to Airlines

Qantas Airlines recently announced a “flight to nowhere” that sold out in ten minutes. The flight will be a scenic seven-hour flight around eastern Australia. The airline has been hemorrhaging money since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic effectively closed international borders and even state borders in the country. However,…

FAA Proposes Extension of Slot Relief

On Sept. 11, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it would propose an extension for relief of flight requirements at slot restricted airports. The current relief of the minimum flight requirements is due to expire in October, and the extension would last until March 2021. Due to the COVID-19…

Southwest Airlines Adds Two New Destinations

Southwest Airlines has announced it will expand to two new destinations. In a message to employees, CEO Gary Kelly announced intent to serve Miami, Florida and Palm Springs, California. The additions continue the trend of adding destinations and routes to leisure destinations, especially in Florida, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Alaska, Allegiant Bolster Winter Schedules

Airlines are adding routes to leisure destinations as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to favor vacation rather than business travelers. Two airlines have this week announced new routes focused on serving leisure destinations over the winter. Both Allegiant and Alaska Airlines have announced new routes for travelers seeking both sun and…

EasyJet to Offer Pilots Alternative to Layoffs

In a move that may become increasingly common among airlines seeking to avoid layoffs, EasyJet will be offering pilots an alternative to being made redundant. The plan will offer pilots seasonal contracts, working for parts of the year and taking the rest of the year off. The offer comes as…

United Goes Point-to-Point with Florida Route Additions

In the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, airlines are being forced to adapt to the new level and type of demand that travelers are booking. The demand that has existed since the pandemic began has been mostly leisure travelers seeking an escape after a period of lockdown. As such…

American Airlines and Pilot Union Reach Furlough Agreement

American Airlines and their pilot union, Allied Pilots Association, have reached an agreement to reduce the number of redundancies this fall. According to the Chicago Tribune, the two sides have reached an agreement allowing some pilots to alternate months of flying till May, or take leave while still receiving training.…