The fallout from the continuing Boeing 737 Max eight grounding remains to be impacting Southwest’s service. Southwest not too long ago introduced $175 million income loss from roughly 20,00zero flight cancellations has pressured 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 have to learn about adjustments on the airline:
Boeing 737 Max eight’s are grounded by way of January 2020
The airline expects the FAA to permit the planes to start flying once more close to the tip of this yr. Southwest has prolonged the grounding of the aircraft till Jan. 5, 2020. This implies there shall be fewer planes to go round through the busy vacation journey season and probably a bump in fare costs as a result of low provide.
No extra Southwest flights at Newark Worldwide Airport
Southwest is attempting to optimize assets and lower prices following the lengthy delay of 737 Max eight service. The airline cites disappointing monetary outcomes at Newark Worldwide Airport as the rationale it’s ending operations there on Nov. three, 2020. Southwest at present has 10 nonstop routes from Newark to locations reminiscent of 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 seem like nearly over. Southwest plans so as to add service to the Hawaiian islands from Sacramento and San Diego, probably 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 wanting forward and attempting to mitigate service disruptions for future journey. However sadly, it’s the tip of Southwest service for Newark-based flyers. The added service to Hawaii and Mexico is a vivid spot, notably for Speedy Rewards clients seeking to e-book award journey to those new locations.