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Southwest raises fares by $10 for round-trip ticket

Southwest Airlines Co. is raising fares by $10 for a round trip, saying it needs the money to offset higher fuel costs.

The move Friday was the latest in a series of price increases from major U.S. airlines, most of which are making money after a 2-year slump. Get the full story »

Southwest to attack rivals’ flight-change fees

Passengers at the Southwest Airlines counter at Midway airport, Sept. 27, 2010. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

Southwest Airlines is giving its “bag cops” a break.

Southwest has been running a heavy dose of TV commercials boasting that unlike most other airlines it lets passengers check two bags for free.

But the airline said Friday it will launch a new TV commercial designed to boost sales on its Web site. The ad, featuring singing and dancing employees in Chicago, is important to Southwest because its flights don’t appear on online booking websites such as Orbitz and Travelocity. Get the full story »

JetBlue CEO: Southwest buy won’t affect growth

Southwest Airlines Co.’s plan to buy AirTran Holdings will not affect JetBlue Airways’ intent to grow organically, JetBlue’s chief executive said.

In a memo to employees obtained by Reuters, Dave Barger said JetBlue “would not be distracted” by the planned Southwest purchase of AirTran for $1.4 billion in cash and stock. Get the full story »

‘Silent Bob’s’ barrage squeezes airlines on obesity


By Julie Johnsson | Director Kevin Smith’s Twitter-fit during the weekend highlights one uncomfortable reality of U.S. airline flying: airlines have less leeway to accommodate obese passengers at a time when Americans are getting fatter.

Kevin Smith at the Chicago Film Festival
in 2008. (Nuccio DiNuzzo) >>

In a barrage of profane tweets and a podcast, Smith expressed outrage that he was bumped from a Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland to Burbank, Calif., after the crew determined he was too large to fit in a single seat.

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