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Southwest Airlines says co-pilot of plane that landed at wrong Missouri airport is retiring

DALLAS - Southwest Airlines Co. says that the co-pilot of a plane that landed at the wrong airport in January has retired, while the plane's captain has resumed flying. Airline spokeswoman Brandy King on Monday declined to identify the pilots, each of whom had at least 12 years with Southwest. Both had been on paid leave after the Jan. 12 incident. Instead of landing at the main airport in Branson, Mo., they landed at a smaller airport and had to brake hard to stop the Boeing 737 before a steep drop at the end of the shorter runway. No injuries were reported.

Southwest Airlines says it's setting aside record $228 million for profit-sharing

DALLAS - Southwest Airlines says employees will get a record $228 million in profit-sharing this year, nearly double the payout of a year ago. The airline said Monday that the payout is based on results from 2013, when net income hit a record $754 million. Earnings and stock prices for airlines soared last year, and employees at some carriers are benefiting. Delta Air Lines Inc. said in February that it would pay $506 million in profit-sharing.

After Southwest jet lands at wrong airport, air traffic controller says, 'Are you kidding?'

DALLAS - A newly released air traffic control recording captures the confusion when a Southwest plane landed at the wrong Missouri airport in January. Southwest Airlines Co. said Monday that the captain and co-pilot remain on paid leave pending the outcome of the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation of the Jan. 12 incident. Both men have at least 12 years of experience at the airline. In a recording released by the Federal Aviation Administration, an air traffic controller at the main Branson, Mo., airport can be heard clearing Southwest Flight 4013 to land.

Southwest Airlines names 12 cities it would serve from Dallas if its gets American's gates

DALLAS - Southwest Airlines Co. is raising the ante over Dallas Love Field. The airline said Monday it'll begin flying next year from Dallas to Boston; Oakland and San Jose, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and Panama City Beach, Fla. A law banning those flights with large planes like Southwest's Boeing 737s expires in October. Southwest recently announced the first 15 cities it'll serve.

Beach trips: Southwest Airlines adds Mexican resort towns of Cancun, Los Cabos to its map

DALLAS - Southwest is adding more surf-and-sun spots to its international route map with flights to Cancun and Los Cabos in Mexico. The airline said Monday that beginning Aug. 10 it will fly daily nonstops between Cancun and Atlanta and Baltimore and between Los Cabos and Santa Ana, Calif. It will fly on Saturdays only between Cancun and Milwaukee and between Nassau, Bahamas, and Atlanta. Southwest says that in October, it will start daily nonstops between Denver and Cancun and Saturday flights between Denver and Los Cabos.

Southwest Airlines details new routes once it can move freely about at Dallas Love Field

DALLAS - Southwest Airlines says it will start nonstop flights from Dallas to New York, Los Angeles, Washington and 12 other cities this fall, when federal limits on the airline's home airport end. The new service pits the onetime scrappy underdog in head-to-head competition with American and maybe Delta for passengers travelling to and from Dallas. Southwest announced Monday that it will fly from Love Field to five cities starting Oct. 13 and 10 more on Nov. 2.

Southwest Airlines to launch international flights

Southwest Airlines, the US airline that launched a low-cost air travel revolution four decades ago, said Monday it is expanding its horizons for the first time to international service. The largest carrier of domestic passengers in the United States began selling seats on its first-ever scheduled international flights to three Caribbean beach destinations -- Aruba; Nassau, the Bahamas; and Montego Bay, Jamaica. Beginning on July 1, Southwest will operate daily, nonstop flights from Atlanta, the Baltimore/Washington airport, and Orlando to those destinations.

Southwest Airlines announces first Caribbean destinations; flights to begin July 1

DALLAS - Southwest Airlines Co. is expanding beyond the continental United States with flights to the Caribbean beginning July 1. The airline began selling tickets on Monday for flights to Aruba, the Bahamas and Jamaica from Atlanta, Baltimore and Orlando. Those routes are currently flown by AirTran Airways, which Southwest bought in 2011.

Southwest to begin flights to Aruba, the Bahamas and Jamaica

(Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co said on Monday it will start flights to Aruba, the Bahamas and Jamaica in July, its the first international flights under the Southwest brand. The U.S. carrier currently offers flights to Mexico and the Caribbean through AirTran, which it acquired in 2011. The carrier has been revamping its reservations system so it can handle international bookings.

Southwest: 3rd person in cockpit of plane that landed at wrong Mo. airport allowed to be there

DALLAS - A third person in the cockpit of a Southwest Airlines plane that landed at the wrong Missouri airport was a company dispatcher who had authority to be there, airline officials said Tuesday.
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