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Southwest's president retires suddenly; didn't get CEO job

Sep. 13, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines President Tom Nealon, who was once seen as a leading candidate for CEO but was passed over this year, has retired. Southwest said Monday that Nealon, 60, will still serve as an adviser focusing on environmental issues, including plans to...

Southwest trims schedule in effort to solve flight problems

Aug. 26, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines will reduce flights for the rest of the year as it tries to restore an operation that stumbled over the summer and now faces lower demand because of the rise in coronavirus cases. Southwest said Thursday it will cut its September...

COVID variant causes Southwest to lower hopes for 3Q profit

Aug. 11, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

Southwest Airlines said Wednesday that it no longer expects to turn a profit in the third quarter as a surge in COVID-19 infections fueled by the highly contagious delta variant darkens the outlook for travel. The disclosure comes just three weeks after Southwest CEO Gary...

Southwest, American post 2Q profits as air travel picks up

Jul. 22, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines and Southwest Airlines both posted second-quarter profits on Thursday thanks to generous federal pandemic relief that covers most of their labor costs. The reports on Thursday underscored the progress that airlines are making in...

Southwest sees milestone after booking unaided June profit

Jul. 22, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines said Thursday that it turned a profit in June without assistance from the government, a monthly result the company is calling a milestone in its recovery from the pandemic. For the full April-June second quarter, the airline's net income...

Southwest Airlines plans to raise minimum pay to $15 an hour

Jun. 25, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines plans to raise minimum pay to $15 an hour for about 7,000 employees, citing the need to attract and keep workers as the airline industry continues to recover from the pandemic. Southwest said Friday that it intends for the raises to...

Longtime Southwest Airlines CEO will step down next year

Jun. 23, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly will step down in February after a long run in which he steered the airline through periods of growth, recessions and now a pandemic. Kelly, who has been CEO since July 2004, will be succeeded by Robert Jordan, the...