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Southwest to add additional Florida service for winter-spring season

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) is adding new seasonal nonstops in several Florida markets.

Effective from February 15 to April 13, 2013 the airline will be bringing back daily roundtrip nonstops between Orlando and Oklahoma City (last flown since 2008!). WN is also adding new nonstop service between Orlando and Little Rock.  Southwest will also be adding a third daily nonstop roundtrip between Tampa and both Columbus, Ohio and St. Louis.

From March 10 through April 13, 2013 WN will be adding a second flight  between Louisville and Tampa and between Kansas City and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.  The airline will also add a fourth daily roundtrip between St. Louis and Tampa.

Copyright Photo: Boeing 737-3H4 N334SW (msn 23938) taxies to the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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TWU Local 555 at Chicago Midway: Southwest wants to outsource some of our ramp work

Southwest Airlines‘ (Dallas) ramp workers at its Chicago (Midway) hub, represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU), handed out leaflets yesterday (June 19) to passengers at MDW to explain their side in the continuing contract negotiations with the company that began in July 2011 but so far have resulted in little progress according to this article by CBS News.

TWU says Southwest wants the contract authority to replace up to 20 percent of the TWU workers with contract workers provided by (lower cost) independent contractors.

Is the beginning of the end of friendly labor relations at Southwest?

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In other news, Southwest has begun retiring its 25 Boeing 737-500s (the first two – 513 and 519 have been retired).

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Southwest reduces flights on 92 routes


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Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has reduced flights on 92 routes (service will be increased on 42 routes) and WN will suspend three routes this winter as it adjusts its schedule to meet the seasonal drop in demand.


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Southwest has also provided details on how it will replace the flap gate assemblies on 82 Boeing 737-300s and 737-500s which was approved by the FAA.

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