Southwest airlines will run fewer flights through the tip of the year in hope to mend issues that disrupted operations this summer that ended up causing flight cancellations and large delays.
The low-cost carrier on Thursday said it’ll reduce 27 flights on a daily basis from Sept. 7 through Oct. 6 and cut 162 flights each day from Oct. 7 through Nov. 5
The airline plans to regulate flight schedules within the coming months of November and December as well, but luckily the airline said it’ll protect holiday bookings. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly had this to comment about the matter .
“We’re confident these adjustments will create a more reliable travel experience,”
The cuts are a terrible addition on top of its already recent reductions because of slower bookings and increased cancellations thanks to the spread of the coronavirus Delta variant.
Southwest had added more flights to its schedule to maximize a recovery in aviation and gain back its market share. But unfortunately , like most within the airline industry , it’s struggled to keep its footing, coping with staff shortages.
Southwest and other airlines had to cancel summer flights, due to the staffing problems and shortages that have come due to covid-19 and because the airlines were not able to be flexible in the previous year and mid this year, airlines are now recalling crews and resuming hiring.
The Dallas-based airline said it absolutely was “aggressively” hiring which is nice for job growth during this country when it’s so desperately needs it.
To handle staffing issues, Southwest is recalling employees, who are on voluntary leave. the corporate expects to own all of these employees back by the end of the year.