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Delta won't furlough pilots; job cuts possible at Southwest

Nov. 25, 2020 3:39 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Delta Air Lines on Wednesday dropped a threat to furlough more than 1,700 pilots after they ratified a cost-cutting agreement that the airline said was needed to help it cope with a downturn caused by the pandemic. The airline had planned to furlough about 13% of its 12,900 pilots on Saturday...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, a United Airlines airplane takes off over a plane on the runway at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. United Airlines warns that bookings are slowing down and cancellations are on the rise as coronavirus cases spike across the U.S. The number of people flying in the United States is down about 65% from a year ago, and airlines were hoping that the upcoming holidays would mean an increase in leisure travel. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Southwest, United Airlines see weak demand over holidays, 1Q

Nov. 19, 2020 2:13 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — United Airlines warned Thursday that bookings have slowed and cancellations have increased as the number of coronavirus infections spikes across the country. Southwest Airlines has also seen more cancellations, and the carrier's CEO said that travel demand will be remain weak in the first...

Fossil, Utz Brands rise; Revolve Group, Southwest fall

Nov. 12, 2020 8:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved heavily or traded substantially Thursday: Fossil Group Inc., up $1.46 to $7.43 The watch and accessories maker reported a third-quarter profit as it cut costs to offset weak revenue. Tetra Tech Inc., up $3.06 to $118.16 The consulting and engineering services company beat...

FILE - In this June 24, 2020 file photo, Southwest Airlines employee Oscar Gonzalez, right, assists a passenger at the ticket counter at Love Field in Dallas. Southwest Airlines cautioned Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 that the tenuous recovery in air travel could be fading as coronavirus cases spike across the United States. The nation’s fourth-biggest airline said after a modest rise in leisure-travel bookings from August through October, it now sees a slowdown in improving revenue trends for November and December. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

As virus cases rise, Southwest sees slower travel recovery

Nov. 12, 2020 5:45 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines cautioned Thursday that the tenuous recovery in air travel could be fading as coronavirus cases spike across the United States. The nation’s fourth-biggest airline said after a modest rise in leisure-travel bookings from August through October, it now sees a slowdown...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2020, file photo, passengers walk through Salt Lake City International Airport, in Salt Lake City. Business travel might never look the same in the wake of the coronavirus. Consulting firm McKinsey and Co. says it took international business travel five years to recover after the 2008 recession. But this time, the ease of videoconferencing could put a permanent dent in corporate trips. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Correction: Virus Outbreak-Business Travel story

Nov. 12, 2020 2:12 PM EST

Brandon Contreras represents the worst fears of the lucrative business travel industry. A partner account executive at a U.S. tech firm, Contreras was used to traveling frequently for his company. But nine months into the pandemic, he and thousands of others are working from home and dialing into video...

Pilots say FAA proposal for Boeing Max training needs work

Nov. 2, 2020 7:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. pilot unions say the Federal Aviation Administration should improve its proposal for training pilots how to handle a nose-down pitch of the Boeing 737 Max, which was grounded after two deadly crashes. The union representing Southwest Airlines pilots said Monday that the FAA should...

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2019, file photo a JetBlue Airways flight flies in to Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City.   JetBlue says it plans to increase the number of seats it will fill on planes starting in December. That makes JetBlue the latest airline to retreat from blocking middle seats to give passengers more space because of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

JetBlue is the latest airline to retreat from blocking seats

Oct. 29, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

The days of airlines blocking seats to make passengers feel safer about flying during the pandemic are coming closer to an end. JetBlue is the latest to indicate it is rethinking the issue. A spokesman for the carrier said Thursday that JetBlue will reduce the number of seats it blocks after Dec. 1 to accommodate...

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 takes off, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  Airlines are continuing to pile up billions of dollars in losses as the pandemic causes a massive drop in air travel. Southwest Airlines on Thursday, Oct. 22, lost $1.16 billion in the normally strong third quarter, which includes most of the summer vacation season.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

US airlines still piling up losses but say demand is rising

Oct. 22, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are piling up billions of dollars in additional losses as the pandemic chokes off air travel, but a recent uptick in passengers, however modest, has provided some hope. American Airlines on Thursday reported a loss of $2.4 billion and Southwest Airlines lost $1.16 billion in the...

Southwest Airlines returning to Mississippi airport in 2021

Oct. 22, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Southwest Airlines will start offering flights to and from Mississippi's capital city in 2021, about seven years after the low-cost carrier stopped the service. Southwest board chairman and CEO Gary C. Kelly said in a third-quarter financial statement Thursday that in the the first...

FILE - In this June 10, 2020 file photo, Transportation Security Administration agents process passengers at the south security checkpoint at Denver International Airport in Denver, as travelers deal with the effects of the new coronavirus. TSA, the government agency that oversees air travel, said the number of passengers screened for flights topped one million in a day on Sunday, Oct. 18 for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak last March.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Pandemic air travel milestone; 1 million passengers screened

Oct. 19, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The number of passengers screened in a single day for flights in the U.S. topped one million for the first time since COVID-19 infections began to spike last March. The notable milestone, reached Sunday, signifies both the progress made since the darkest days of pandemic for the...