Southwest Airlines offers $ 39 flights as part of its Fall Fare Sale, an annual initiative that it hopes will attract potential travelers this year as US states fly. USA Relieve coronavirus closures.
The operator, whose shares rose 1 percent on Tuesday but 31 percent on the year, generally releases two annual sales, in June and October. Initial rates this time are lower than in previous years due to lower demand for travel in the midst of the pandemic.
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“Our focus is to support customer comfort and well-being with the promise of Southwest,” Southwest Vice President of Marketing Bill Tierney said in a statement. “The Southwest Promise is our commitment to add an additional layer of comfort for Employees and Customers, encompassing our cleaning practices and physical distance measures and additional procedures, such as face mask and open center seat requirements on Southwest aircraft.” .
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One-way fares will start at $ 39 versus $ 49 last year. For longer flights, tickets start at around $ 79 and $ 99 each way, but fluctuate based on location and date.
This is what the airline announced:
- As low as $ 39 non-stop between Houston and New Orleans
- As low as $ 39 one-way between Burbank and Las Vegas
- As low as $ 79 non-stop between Baltimore and Jacksonville
- As low as $ 99 one-way nonstop between Houston and Fort Lauderdale
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The three-day sale generally covers flights between August 11 and December 17, excluding travel around Thanksgiving. The problem: Sale rates are generally not available on Fridays and Sundays, and more days of the week they are also blocked from and to critical points like Florida and Las Vegas.
The announcement comes at the same time that Southwest, and the airline industry at large, are looking for ways to operate in the outbreak. Southwest on Monday extended the purchase packages and temporary paid vacations for workers in what the company said is intended to “guarantee survival.”
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A May report said that despite averaging less than two dozen passengers per domestic flight, US airlines are collectively burning more than $ 10 billion in cash per month. In testimony prepared by Airlines for America, seen by Reuters, the group said that even after nearly 50 percent of the active U.S. fleet landed, its member carriers, including the four largest U.S. airlines, average just 17 passengers per flight. national.
Southwest, along with other major airlines, also announced extensive virus security measures, such as leaving the central seats open until September 30.
“As we resist the current business climate today and every day, we are working as hard as we can to prepare for a rebound and welcome travelers back to heaven with the warmth and hospitality they have come to know and love. . Southwest, “Andrew Watterson, executive vice president and chief commercial officer for Southwest, said in a previous statement.
The airline’s shares have fallen 7 percent in the past three months.
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