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Southwest Airlines is suspending service at some U.S. airports as it slows growth, in part due to delivery delays of Boeing planes.

The airline is expected to receive only 20 of the 46 Boeing 737 Max 8s it expected in 2024, Southwest announced Thursday.

The delays mean slowing growth for the airline as it seeks ways to cut costs, with the airline reporting a quarterly loss of $231 million, or 39 cents per share.

“Achieving our financial goals is an immediate imperative. Boeing’s recent news of further aircraft delivery delays presents significant challenges for 2024 and 2025. We are responding and planning quickly to mitigate operational and financial impacts while maintaining reliable and reliable flight schedules for our customers. Southwest CEO Bob Jordan said Thursday during the company’s first-quarter earnings conference call.

One cost-cutting measure is to withdraw from “underperforming markets,” he said.

Southwest will end service at the following airports on August 4:

  • George Bush Houston International Airport
  • Bellingham International Airport in Bellingham, Washington
  • Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, New York
  • Cozumel International Airport on the island of Cozumel, Mexico

The carrier will also make significant changes to its operations in other markets, including reducing the number of flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Airlines typically withdraw from regional airports and remove unprofitable or less profitable routes to save on labor costs, or add capacity to more profitable routes and generate more revenue.

In March, JetBlue said it was eliminating unprofitable routes and completely leave two American cities after a judge blocked his $3.8 billion offer for Spirit Airlines earlier this year. JetBlue cited the limited number of planes as one of the factors responsible for the reductions, which allow the airline to operate more flights on its busiest routes.

Additionally, Southwest said Thursday it plans to make improvements to its plane cabins and seating options. The low-cost carrier does not charge its customers a seat selection fee, which has become a problem. growing source of revenue for its competitors.

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