SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CUTTING THREE PHILA. FLIGHTS
Southwest Airlines Co. said Tuesday it will be cutting 190 flights from its winter schedule, beginning in January, including three routes that start in Philadelphia.
A spokesman for Dallas-based Southwest said the airline is “tweaking our schedule to accommodate a lower traffic period and give ourselves some operational flexibility.”
The spokesman said Philadelphia International Airport will lose one of its eight daily nonstop flights to Chicago Midway Airport, and two of its five daily nonstop flights to Tampa International Airport.
The company (NYSE:LUV) said traffic typically goes down in the winter months, making the removal of some flights a “normal thing” for the airline to do this time of year.
Southwest operates about 3,400 flights daily. It is Philadelphia International’s second-largest carrier, behind US Airways.
The passenger carrier's winter schedule begin Jan. 11 and through March 6. An airline spokeswoman said it is possible some of the Philadelphia flights will be back on the schedule when the airline is revving up for the busier 2009 seasons.
Source - Philadelphia Business Jornal