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Incoming CEO at Southwest Air faces numerous challenges

Jan. 10, 2022 10:33 AM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Robert Jordan will inherit a long list of challenges when he becomes the sixth CEO of Southwest Airlines, which is struggling to recover from a pandemic that battered its finances and left it a much smaller company. Southwest had never lost money over an entire year...

Thousands of flights canceled, delayed at start of workweek

Jan. 03, 2022 19:27 PM EST

A winter storm that hit the mid-Atlantic on Monday combined with pandemic-caused shortages of airline workers to push flight cancellations to a holiday-season high, creating more frustration for travelers just trying to get home. More than 3,000 U.S. flights and about 4,800 worldwide...

Snow storms and pandemic ground flights, delay holiday's end

Jan. 02, 2022 23:19 PM EST

Wintry weather combined with the pandemic to frustrate air travelers whose return flights home from the holidays were canceled or delayed in the first days of the new year. More than 2,600 U.S. flights and more than 4,400 worldwide were grounded Sunday, according to tracking service...

New year brings more canceled flights for air travelers

Jan. 01, 2022 18:18 PM EST

For air travelers, the new year picked up where the old one left off – with lots of frustration. By late Saturday afternoon on the East Coast, more than 2,600 U.S. flights and nearly 4,600 worldwide had been canceled, according to tracking service FlightAware. That...

Live updates: France demands masks for 11- to 6-year-olds

Jan. 01, 2022 15:39 PM EST

PARIS - French authorities announced Saturday that children six and older will have to wear masks in indoor places open to the public as new cases of the highly contagious omicron variant surge past 200.000 for the fourth consecutive day. By lowering the age of children obligated to...

EXPLAINER: Why are so many flights being canceled?

Dec. 30, 2021 14:52 PM EST

The forces that have scrambled thousands of flights since Christmas Eve could ease in January, but that's cold comfort to the millions of flyers with New Year's plans. And if 2021 has taught us anything, it’s that 2022 will likely be just as unpredictable. Here’s...

Airlines cancel flights due to COVID staffing shortages

Dec. 24, 2021 17:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Airlines canceled hundreds of flights as the omicron variant jumbled schedules and drew down staffing levels at some carriers during the busy holiday travel season. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines together canceled more than 600 flights on Friday and Saturday....

FACT FOCUS: Masks help curb spread of COVID-19 on planes

Dec. 17, 2021 20:54 PM EST

The CEO of a major airline suggested during a congressional hearing this week that face masks provide little value on planes — a claim that was quickly amplified online. Citing high-quality filtration systems aboard planes, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly stated that “masks...

Southwest sees Q4 profit, says omicron not hurting bookings

Dec. 08, 2021 15:26 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines said Wednesday that it expects to turn a profit in the fourth quarter and throughout 2022 as air travel recovers from the pandemic, and that the new COVID-19 variant is not hurting bookings. Company executives said travel demand was strong over...

Major outage at Amazon disrupts businesses across the US

Dec. 08, 2021 05:34 AM EST

A major outage in Amazon's cloud computing network Tuesday severely disrupted services at a wide range of U.S. companies for more than five hours, the latest sign of just how concentrated the business of keeping the internet running has become. The incident at Amazon Web Services...