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UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019, 5:32 p.m.

Southwest pilots’ union sues Boeing over grounding of plane

Pilots at Southwest Airlines are suing Boeing over the grounded 737 Max, saying Boeing made misleading statements about the plane’s safety.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 4:14 p.m.

Southwest, a stalwart Boeing 737 Max 8 customer, eyes other jets

Southwest Airlines, the largest customer of the 737 Max 8 and long an all-Boeing airline, insists it has “no current plans” to fly any jets other than the 737. But …


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

Grounded Boeing plane takes a bigger bite out of airlines

Airlines are tallying up the damage and talking to Boeing about compensation for the grounding of the troubled 737 Max jet.


UPDATED: Sun., June 9, 2019, 9:46 p.m.

If you’re planning a trip to San Diego, you have nonstop options

Travelers boarded Southwest Airlines’ new direct flight to San Diego, with some expecting their travel time cut in half.


CEO says Southwest is losing millions weekly in labor fight

The CEO of Southwest Airlines says a spike in planes ruled out of service for mechanical items is costing the carrier millions each week because of delayed and canceled flights.


Southwest gets FAA OK for flights to Hawaii from California

Southwest Airlines has been approved to offer flights between California and Hawaii, the FAA said Wednesday.


Government shutdown cost Southwest Airlines $50 million more than estimated

Southwest Airlines says the government shutdown will cost the company around $60 million in first-quarter revenue, up from its previous estimates of $10 million to $15 million.


Southwest Airlines announces as much as $15 million loss from government shutdown

Southwest Airlines announced Thursday that the ongoing government shutdown has cost the airline an estimated $10-$15 million in revenue.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

Southwest apologizes after gate agent allegedly mocks 5-year-old named Abcde

A Texas mother is calling out a Southwest Airlines employee who she said mocked her 5-year-old daughter’s name and posted a picture of the child’s boarding pass on social media.


New Southwest Airlines emotional support animal policy allows only dogs and cats on leashes or in carriers

Joining several other carriers that have adopted tough new rules on pets, Southwest Airlines is adopting a new policy for emotional support animals in the cabin, allowing only dogs and …


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 2:25 p.m.

Peanuts no longer fly at Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines has touted fares so low passengers can “fly for peanuts.” But as of Aug. 1, the nuts will no longer fly.


FAA faces scrutiny over how it handled concerns about Southwest operations before Flight 1380 tragedy

A federal watchdog is investigating the Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of Southwest Airlines after a hotline complaint about operational issues at the airline and the engine failure incident on Flight …


UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

Southwest Airlines finishes engine fan blade checks after Flight 1380 accident

Southwest Airlines has completed checks on the rest of its 35,500 engine fan blades and found no signs of the cracking that’s been blamed in the fatal engine failure onboard …


Bookings for Southwest fall after fatal accident

Inspections of jet engines at Southwest Airlines turned up one cracked fan blade last year but no others since last week’s deadly accident that investigators believe started when a weakened …


Bookings for Southwest fall after fatal accident

Southwest Airlines says bookings are down since the fatal accident on one of its planes last week.


UPDATED: Mon., April 23, 2018, 7:54 p.m.

Southwest cancels another 26 Dallas flights, tracker says.

A North Texas aviation expert said the next month to month-and-a-half could be a pain for travelers booked onto Boeing 737 flights.


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

Southwest Airlines gives $5,000 to passengers on fatal flight

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday ordered ultrasound inspections of hundreds of jet engines like the one that blew apart at 32,000 feet in a deadly accident aboard a Southwest …


Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an engine failure that left a …


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 7:50 p.m.

U.S. regulators to require inspections after engine explosion

U.S. airline regulators said late Wednesday they will order inspections on engine fan blades like the one involved in a fatal failure that killed a woman in a plane that …


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Woman on Southwest flight dies after nearly being sucked out of jet after it blew an engine

A Southwest Airlines jet blew an engine at 32,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window, setting off a desperate scramble by passengers to save a woman …


Southwest Airlines direct flights from Spokane to San Jose begin

Frequent flyers to San Jose got a leg up this week, with Southwest Airlines beginning its daily, nonstop service between Spokane and the Bay Area city.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 4:18 p.m.

Airlines sue over new Washington state sick leave law

A coalition of airlines including Alaska, JetBlue, United and Southwest is suing Washington state over its new sick leave law, saying the measure will increase costs and delays for travelers.


Southwest agrees to pay $15 million over collusion claims

Southwest Airlines will pay $15 million to settle class-action lawsuits that accuse the four biggest U.S. carriers of conspiring to boost prices by holding down the supply of tickets for …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 6:07 p.m.

Southwest plans Hawaii flights with boost from Boeing Max

Flights to the state will begin next year or in 2019, the discount carrier said. The initial service will be from California, said Chief Revenue Officer Andrew Watterson, without elaborating …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 12:36 p.m.

Passenger dragged off flight claims racial profiling

A woman seen on video being dragged off a Southwest Airlines flight in Maryland has said she believes she was a victim of racial profiling.


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 8:19 p.m.

Southwest Airlines cutting service to two Cuban cities

DALLAS – Southwest Airlines, pulling back on its service to Cuba, plans to end flights to two cities on the island in September after determining the routes aren’t sustainable, the …


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 4:50 p.m.

Flash sales offer cheap summer and fall flights from Spokane, elsewhere

Looking for a cheap getaway? Some airlines are holding flash sales for domestic and international flights this week at drastically reduced prices.


Five new nonstop flights to take off in Spokane this summer

Five new nonstop flights between Spokane International Airport and cities across the country take off this summer, beginning Sunday when Southwest Airlines launches daily service to San Diego. The seasonal …


Milbank: Congress gives airlines a soft landing

The executives even used their appearance to request that Congress deregulate the industry further, asking for the government to privatize the Federal Aviation Administration.


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 6:01 p.m.

Southwest to fly Spokane-Sacramento route starting in August

Southwest Airlines announced on Thursday that is offering a new daily flight beween Spokane and Sacramento