Articles Tagged ‘Southwest’

Southwest overtakes American and passes 100 million mark

Southwest overtakes American and passes 100 million markSouthwest has finally overtaken American in passenger numbers and passed the 100 million mark in 2007. How much did domestic traffic grow in 2007? What are the latest trends? Which US airline carries most international passengers? Which airports are handling the most domestic and international passengers flying on US airlines?

Airbus/Boeing – Continental, Ryanair and Southwest lead deliveries in February

Airbus/Boeing - Continental, Ryanair and Southwest lead deliveries in FebruaryContinental, Ryanair and Southwest each received four new aircraft during February as Airbus and Boeing delivered 77 new aircraft to their global customers. Single-aisle aircraft represented 80% of all deliveries. So who’s taking delivery of widebody aircraft these days?

Air fares in Texas are surprisingly expensive despite Southwest’s presence

Air fares in Texas are surprisingly expensive despite Southwest’s presenceSouthwest may have been born in Texas and be dominant at several of the state’s smaller airports but what are fares like at the two largest airports in the state, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston Bush? What according to the US DOT have been the fare premiums at the airports during the first three quarters of 2007?

Dallas is getting more Love from Southwest

0802011_southwest_01.gifSouthwest is still the benchmark by which all other LCCs are judged. Dallas Love Field is where it all began for the airline in 1971. The Wright Amendment has made life complicated but finally its days may be numbered. Which cities does Southwest serve from its ancestral home and who is providing a bit of competition at the airport?

Southwest’s $101 average fare from Love Field

farewatch.gifUsing US DOT data we look to see what Southwest’s average one-way fare has been over a 12-month period on each of the 15 routes it operates from Dallas Love Field. We then plot the results against sector length to see which routes are relatively the most expensive and which are the best value for money.

New Orleans: 80% of pre-Katrina capacity restored

New Orleans: 80% of pre-Katrina capacity restoredHurricane Katrina had a devastating impact on New Orleans and the surrounding region, but less than two years later the airport is back to 80% of it pre-Katrina capacity. Which airlines are leading the way and which routes have not yet been re-started? Which are the busiest routes from MSY?

Southwest joins Frontier in eroding United’s dominance in Colorado

Southwest joins Frontier in eroding United’s dominance in ColoradoThe Rockies are a major tourism destination at this time of year and Denver is by far Colorado’s biggest airport. But there are a few others including Eagle/Vail, which caters almost exclusively to ski traffic. United may still be the biggest airline at Denver but Frontier and Southwest are making inroads as the airport looks to maintain its Top 10 world ranking.

US domestic growth gathers momentum – Southwest widens gap over American

US domestic growth gathers momentumAfter sluggish growth (and traffic declines) for most of the last two years, traffic surged ahead by 7% in August. When was growth last that high? How are the top 10 domestic airlines performing in terms of market share? Is Southwest still pulling away from American? Which LCC has shown the biggest increase in its market share?

Leaving Las Vegas* proving more popular than ever

Leaving Las Vegas proving more popular than everDespite 4% growth in 2006 Las Vegas dropped out of the world’s top 10 airports. How fast has the airport grown in recent years? Which three carriers have consistently been responsible for over half the traffic? And which new route just got ultra-competitive with the arrival of Southwest and Virgin America. What international routes does the airport offer?

California’s stagnant market is boosted by Virgin America and Southwest

Californias stagnant market is boosted by Virgin America and SouthwestThe world’s eighth biggest economy didn’t see much growth in air travel at its airports in 2006. Passenger numbers in California are similar to those in Germany and are dominated by two major airports where United is the leading carrier. But at the next seven busiest airports the same airline dominates – and it’s not United. What’s new in 2007?

Big week for California as Southwest, Virgin America and MaxJet launch new services

Article Thumbnail: Lead StorySouthwest returns to San Francisco, Virgin America links LAX to JFK and MAXjet starts all business class service to London Stansted. Not your average week in California. Who is Southwest taking on and what fares are currently being charged in the LAX-JFK market? And what happened to Frontier?

Southwest exploits Chicago late-bookers who want to avoid O’Hare and get some Florida sun

Article Thumbnail: FarewatchFour airlines compete on this route from America’s Midwest to the Floridian sun. American, Spirit and Ted all operate from Chicago’s O’Hare, while Southwest operates from Midway. Is Southwest the cheapest airline on the route for travel in the next two weeks? How does American compare against the three LCCs? The answers may surprise you.