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FAA offers fix for snarled Florida air travel this summer

May. 04, 2022 18:38 PM EDT

Federal officials are promising to add air traffic controllers and take other steps to improve the flow of planes in Florida, which airlines say has become a weak link in the national airspace. The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that it will add staff at a key air...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

May. 02, 2022 07:27 AM EDT

Austin American Statesman. May 1, 2022. Editorial: The GOP’s rhetoric isn’t solving any problems at the border State Rep. Matt Krause, a Fort Worth Republican, made headlines last month when he asked Attorney General Ken Paxton to issue an opinion on whether Texas...

Southwest loses $278M in Q1 but sees profitable rest of 2022

Apr. 28, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines lost $278 million in the first quarter but said Thursday that it expects to be profitable for the rest of the year because of surging demand for travel. The upbeat forecast echoed similar predictions this month from other big U.S. airlines. They say...

EXPLAINER: What happens in the post-mask world of travel?

Apr. 19, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A ruling by a federal judge has ended — at least for now — the requirement that people wear masks on planes and public transportation, and there is plenty of confusion about the new, post-mask world of travel. The Justice Department left the door open Tuesday to a...

Southwest pilots' union says fatigue is a safety problem

Apr. 12, 2022 23:51 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Union officials say pilots of Southwest Airlines pilots are suffering through an epidemic of fatigue due to poor scheduling practices by the airline, and that it is raising safety concerns. Union leaders said in an open letter Tuesday to Southwest CEO Robert Jordan...

Mask rule for planes and trains still up in the air

Apr. 12, 2022 14:43 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The federal requirement to wear face masks on airplanes and public transportation is scheduled to expire next week, and airline executives and Republican lawmakers are urging the Biden administration to let the mandate die. The fate of the rule — and consideration...

Airlines reduce cancellations, but US flight problems linger

Apr. 04, 2022 18:04 PM EDT

Air travel in the United States improved Monday after a rocky weekend that left thousands of flyers stranded by thunderstorms in Florida, technology problems at the busiest domestic airline and labor problems at another carrier. However, airlines that do much of their flying in...

Airlines cancel more than 3,500 US flights over weekend

Apr. 03, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

Airlines have canceled more than 3,500 U.S. flights this weekend and delayed thousands more, citing weather in Florida and other issues. FlightAware, a website that tracks flights, noted major disruptions at several Florida airports, including in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa and...

Southwest agrees to pay raises for customer-service agents

Mar. 28, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines reached a tentative agreement Monday with a union representing its customer-service agents that would give pay raises totaling more than 16% over the next three years to about 7,000 employees. The machinists' union said its negotiating committee...

Southwest will add a fourth fare level to boost revenue

Mar. 24, 2022 14:24 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines will add a fourth fare category as part of changes designed to attract more business travelers and boost revenue. The new fare level will be priced higher than Southwest's cheapest tickets but below the airline's top two fare categories. Southwest...