Southwest to Cut More Flights, Lost Almost $75 Million During Last Round of Cancellation

Southwest airplane
by Harry Wilmerding


Southwest Airlines announced Thursday that it would adjust its December flight schedule to adjust for ongoing labor shortages.

Southwest canceled over 2,000 flights on Oct. 10 and 11, costing the company over $75 million, according to Southwest’s Q3 earnings report.  The airline attributed the canceled flights to weather and air traffic control issues but later admitted to experiencing a labor shortage, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The airline expects to cut its Q4 flight schedule by 8% from 2019, compared to a 5% reduction the company initially planned for, according to the WSJ. The company also expects a decline in staffing compared to its historical average, according to its Q3 earnings report.

The company experienced a noteworthy drop in demand in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions, the WSJ reported. Despite the spread of the delta variant across the country, airlines have recently seen a significant increase in overall demand.

“While there are lingering effects from the summer Covid-19 surge and recent operational challenges, we are encouraged with renewed momentum in leisure and business traffic, revenues, and bookings—especially over the holidays,” Southwest said in its Q3 earnings report.

Airlines are still grappling with the current surge in fuel prices and labor shortages, according to the WSJ. Southwest said it is expecting a loss in Q4 due to inflation and airport costs.

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Harry Wilmerding is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.





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2 Thoughts to “Southwest to Cut More Flights, Lost Almost $75 Million During Last Round of Cancellation”

  1. Daniel Staggers

    I just hope a lot of people quit and don’t go back.

  2. mike

    So, will Biden publish his EO? Until he does, nobody and no organization can be penalized. I think he is waiting to see how much resistance there is. There was enough to make South West back down. Other big money corporations are paying attention.

    As bad as this holiday season is predicted to be, who wants to see the transportation industry a greater victim.

    As for every other state and local government and private business, will they be able to justify a cut in services and/or profits to go along with Biden’s as yet unpublished mandate?