The fallout from the continued Boeing 737 Max eight grounding continues to be impacting Southwest’s service. Southwest not too long ago introduced $175 million income loss from roughly 20,00zero flight cancellations has compelled the airline to tighten its belt and stop operations at Newark Worldwide Airport. The excellent news is that the airline will proceed with growth plans to Hawaii within the coming months.
Right here’s what Southwest passengers must find out about adjustments on the airline:
Boeing 737 Max eight’s are grounded by January 2020
The airline expects the FAA to permit the planes to start flying once more close to the top of this yr. Southwest has prolonged the grounding of the airplane till Jan. 5, 2020. This implies there can be fewer planes to go round throughout the busy vacation journey season and presumably a bump in fare costs because of the low provide.
No extra Southwest flights at Newark Worldwide Airport
Southwest is making an attempt to optimize sources and minimize prices following the lengthy delay of 737 Max eight service. The airline cites disappointing monetary outcomes at Newark Worldwide Airport as the explanation it’s ending operations there on Nov. three, 2020. Southwest presently has 10 nonstop routes from Newark to locations comparable to St. Louis and San Diego. The airline will proceed to function out of New York’s LaGuardia airport.
Extra flights to Hawaii and Mexico
The plane delays proceed, however the delays on expanded service to Hawaii look like virtually over. Southwest plans so as to add service to the Hawaiian islands from Sacramento and San Diego, presumably as quickly as subsequent month. They will even add new flights to Lihue and Hilo, Hawaii. In the meantime, flights to Cozumel, Mexico, are tentatively deliberate for early 2020.
The underside line
The Boeing 737 Max eight ordeal is way from over. Southwest is trying forward and making an attempt to mitigate service disruptions for future journey. However sadly, it’s the top of Southwest service for Newark-based flyers. The added service to Hawaii and Mexico is a vivid spot, significantly for Fast Rewards clients trying to e book award journey to those new locations.