Articles tagged “southwest”

Southwest’s Low Airfares to Hawaii Coupled With Soaring Hotel Rates Could Squeeze Vacationers

Southwest’s Low Airfares to Hawaii Coupled With Soaring Hotel Rates Could Squeeze Vacationers

Maria Lenhart, Skift

As Southwest Airlines ramps up its highly anticipated Hawaii service, fares from the mainland and between the islands are expected to become more competitive and encourage more tourism. The question is whether Hawaii’s infrastructure, which is already impacted by high room rates and occupancies, can handle it.

3 weeks ago

The Southwest Effect Is Already Impacting Hawaii Tourism

The Southwest Effect Is Already Impacting Hawaii Tourism

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Southwest Airlines’ entry into the Hawaii market is likely to bring more competitive airfares from the U.S. mainland and also on inter-island routes. The good news may be tempered, however, by rising hotel rates and limited availability in Hawaii’s most popular destinations.

3 weeks ago

Boeing Max 8 Flying: What Airlines, Agencies Are Telling Customers

Boeing Max 8 Flying: What Airlines, Agencies Are Telling Customers

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

A range of differing responses to the Ethiopian Air disaster involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 is making it hard for travel advisors.

1 month ago

Southwest Calls Flight Disruptions a ‘Deliberate Effort’ by Mechanics

Southwest Calls Flight Disruptions a ‘Deliberate Effort’ by Mechanics

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Southwest is frequently held up as an airline that has a great relationship with its employees. Has anyone factored in the airline's mechanics?

2 months ago

Southwest Stung by Government Shutdown

Southwest Stung by Government Shutdown

Anthony Palazzo and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

The airline is still seeing weaker passenger demand, nearly a month after the government reopened. Coupled with mechanical issues, Southwest is in a tough spot right now.

2 months ago

This Is Why Airline Fare Increases Are Coming

This Is Why Airline Fare Increases Are Coming

Shobhana Chandra and Chibuike Oguh, Bloomberg

The airfare environment is not a one-size-fits-all thing for the gamut of airlines, but many are confident about the way fares are trending — up.

3 months ago

Southwest CEO: We Won’t Introduce Basic Economy

Southwest CEO: We Won’t Introduce Basic Economy

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Southwest has known for years that there is money to be made in differentiation and protecting your brand identity regardless of what Wall Street thinks. That's a factor in its decision not to launch basic economy or bag fees.

3 months ago

Shutdown Puts Southwest’s Hawaii Service on Ice

Shutdown Puts Southwest’s Hawaii Service on Ice

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Southwest hasn't given a new start date, which likely means its plans are somewhat up in the air. The length of the delay will depend on how long the standoff in Washington continues.

3 months ago

How Herb Kelleher Made Southwest a Vexing Problem for Online Travel

How Herb Kelleher Made Southwest a Vexing Problem for Online Travel

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Southwest has perennially been a thorn in the side of online travel companies that lusted after getting access to its flights and fares. But no one can credibly argue that Southwest's insistence on direct distribution hasn't worked for the airline. Its competitors and peers inside and outside of the airline industry can only be jealous.

3 months ago

S​outhwest Co-Founder Herb Kelleher Dies, Leaving a Legacy That Changed Airlines Forever

S​outhwest Co-Founder Herb Kelleher Dies, Leaving a Legacy That Changed Airlines Forever

Brian Sumers, Skift

Herb Kelleher changed how airlines all over the world operate by building a behemoth low-cost carrier. He will be missed.

3 months ago

Why Airlines Can’t Get Enough of the Sunshine State

Why Airlines Can’t Get Enough of the Sunshine State

Jay Shabat, Skift

Florida is a giant market for U.S. and even some non-U.S. airlines, with tourism, population, and economy all growing. But for some carriers, it’s a chief determinant of their financial performance.

4 months ago

Southwest CEO: ‘Number One Priority’ Is Controlling Costs

Southwest CEO: ‘Number One Priority’ Is Controlling Costs

Dennis Schaal, Skift

There's no way around it: Southwest's new emphasis on cost-containment, productivity gains, and other efficiencies doesn't provide an optimistic outlook for passenger experience. It should make Southwest a more profitable airline — if passengers go along for the ride.

6 months ago