Southwest continues to optimise flight schedule
Southwest Airlines has opened its flight schedule from 9 May to 26 June 2009, continuing in its effort to optimise the flight schedule. The airline has therefore dropped 32 existing roundtrip flights from its current schedule and added 19 roundtrip flights for a net reduction of 13 roundtrip flights systemwide.
Southwest will initiate new service between Denver and Tucson with one daily nonstop flight when the new schedule opens in May. "In today's environment, it is more important than ever to maximise our productivity with our aircraft," Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said. "Our optimisation exercise is a case of eliminating unproductive flights and reallocating our aircraft to match supply with demand, all the while focusing on key cities such as Denver."
Several markets will be gaining new nonstop service, including one new daily nonstop roundtrip flight between Denver and Tucson; one returning daily nonstop roundtrip flight between Nashville and Oakland; and one returning daily nonstop roundtrip flight between Nashville and Seattle.