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Southwest Airlines to cut back on Jackson flights. See when and how many

Southwest Airlines is reducing back on flights to some airports − and pulling out of some others − due to a disappointing monetary begin to 2024 and delays in receiving new planes.

During its first-quarter 2024 name with traders on Thursday, April 25, Southwest mentioned it could finish service at 4 airports and cut the frequency of routes at two others. Some of these cuts impacts flights at Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers Airport.

“To improve our financial performance, we have intensified our network optimization efforts to address underperforming markets,” Southwest President and CEO Bob Jordan mentioned in a press release on the airline’s first-quarter 2024 earnings name.

Beginning in June, Southwest will cut back its each day flights in Jackson to 4. However, it’s sustaining service to all present markets of Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, Houston, and Orlando. This adjustment represents a change from their traditional 5 to seven each day flights.

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“Southwest Airlines, impacted by the shortage of newly built airplanes, has conducted a thorough review of its network schedules and implemented necessary changes across many cities they serve,” JMAA mentioned in a press release to the Clarion Ledger. “Despite this adjustment, JAN continues to be well-served by the four largest U.S. carriers (American, Delta, Southwest, and United). With flights to eight major global hubs, Jacksonians and travelers from central Mississippi retain access to worldwide destinations with one-stop connections to cities across six continents.”

Southwest started back service in Jackson in June of 2021 after a seven 12 months layoff.

The airline’s departure in 2014 after 17 years of service additionally dealt a blow to the Jackson airport, because it offered 27% of obtainable seats out of Jackson on the time, according to a Jackson State University study.

The Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, located in Jackson, is the busiest airport in Mississippi.The Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, located in Jackson, is the busiest airport in Mississippi.

The Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, situated in Jackson, is the busiest airport in Mississippi.

What airports is Southwest reducing?

Southwest said it will end service at 4 airports:

  • Bellingham International Airport in Bellingham, Washington.

  • Cozumel International Airport in Cozumel, Mexico.

  • George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. (Southwest will proceed to fly to Houston Hobby)

  • Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, New York.

Why is Southwest Airlines reducing flights and airports?

Jordan, Southwest’s CEO, mentioned within the earnings name that the airline posted a internet lack of $231 million within the first three months of 2024, regardless of report working revenues. A internet loss is when an organization’s bills are increased than its earnings.

Southwest additionally expects to fly fewer planes than it deliberate due to Boeing’s delays in delivering new plane. He mentioned the delays current “significant challenges for 2024 and 2025.” For occasion, he now expects Boeing to ship about 20 737-8 planes in 2024; the airline beforehand anticipated 46 planes.

Ross Reily will be reached by electronic mail at [email protected] or 601-573-2952. You can observe him on Twitter @GreenOkra1.

This article initially appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Southwest Airlines to cut back on Jackson MS flights

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