The Southwest Airlines cargo facility at Los Angeles International Airport was evacuated Monday after TSA detected trace amounts of exclusives on a guitar case, police told me.
The Los Angeles Police bomb squad was called out, but discovered nothing amiss. The facility was soon “re-populated” — a fancy way of saying employees were let back in. The incident happened at around noon and took about a half hour, according to a Southwest spokesman.
Southwest Airlines will be serving Omaha from Los Angeles …. once per week. Not particularly big news, but it warrants a story in the Omaha World-Herald.
Saturday-only routes are always interesting. From what I understand, airlines generally have some unused airplanes on the weekends, since they don’t serve as many flights to business markets. It gives them a chance to play around with other routes.
Southwest Airlines had an operationally challenging September, according to data released this week by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
Of the 33 chronically most delayed scheduled flights in September, 26 of them were operated by Southwest. Even worse, Southwest flights held the first nine places on the list, which consists of flights that were delayed at least 50 percent of the time by a minimum of 30 minutes.
No other major airline was on the list. Regional carriers Skywest and Expressjet occupied all the other slots.
The worst offender was Southwest 3679 from Chicago Midway to St. Louis. It was late 82 percent of the time, by an average of 54 minutes.
We don’t usually see much of Los Angeles on these lists because of our stellar weather tends to limit delays. But Southwest had some troubles in L.A. in September, with four LAX flights making the ‘worst’ list. Here they are:
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Southwest spokeswoman Michelle Agnew sent over this statement:
It’s a combination of unexpected summer weather and some changes we made to our flight schedule that have us behind the pack in ontime performance. We are aware of the pain points; we’re working on schedule tweaks to improve our performance in the next few months.
From the treasure trove of data that is the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, we know about what major U.S. airlines were doing in July.
Here are, according to BTS, the “Top 10 U.S. Airlines, ranked by January-July 2013 Scheduled Systemwide (Domestic and International) Enplanements.”
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Consider this a public service announcement. Starting today, if you do not cancel your Southwest Airlines ticket at least 10 minutes before your flight is scheduled to leave, you’ll forfeit everything you paid for your flights.
This is for Southwest’s “Wanna Get Away” and “Ding” fares, the airline’s cheapest and most popular tickets. In the past, you could receive a travel credit — but not a refund — if you didn’t take your flight. There was no requirement to tell the airline you weren’t going to show up.
Southwest’s policy is still just about the most customer friendly of any major airline. Most airline charge high fees – as high as 200 — when customers cancel a flight.
Click here for information on Southwest’s policies.