Southwest CEO: Air Traffic Fizzling in May

Interesting article.

CEO Gary Kelly of Southwest Airlines says an April boost in travel has fizzled in May, which has forced the company to speed up plans to raise more revenue.

I fly Southwest as often as I can and I’ve seen both Southwest and Alaska Airlines flights that were nowhere near full. Very sad as these are two of the best in the business,  in my opinion.

From the Associated Press:

Chief Executive Gary Kelly said Wednesday that the airline has been hurt by the swine flu outbreak, which made travelers nervous about getting on a plane.

The global economic slowdown has left Southwest uncertain what the rest of the year will bring.

“June is typically our strongest month of the year, so I think June will tell us a lot,” Kelly told reporters after the company’s annual shareholder meeting.

American Airlines parent AMR Corp. also held its annual meeting a few miles away in Fort Worth. Employees — and in one case, the teenage son of employees — challenged CEO Gerard Arpey over AMR’s reluctance to approve pay raises.

Times are tough at American, until last year the world’s largest airline, and at Southwest, which now carries more U.S. passengers than any carrier.

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