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Southwest Airlines is cutting more than 100 routes from its ‘full’ schedule this winter

Southwest Airlines may be among the first U.S. carrier to resume nearly its entire schedule with plans to operate a full complement of flights this winter after deep cuts during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dallas-based carrier loaded a schedule of 226,446 flights in November and December on Saturday, according to Cirium schedules. That is only 1.5% fewer flights than it flew during the same period in 2019, and an impressive recovery after cutting nearly two-thirds of its schedule in May.

“As we’ve seen in past downturns, we’ve been able to capture substantial demand post the downturn,” said Southwest commercial chief Andrew Watterson in an interview on the schedule on May 28. “We’d expect no different this time.”

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