Cut Back After 9/11, Short-Haul Flights May Grow at Southwest

  • Airline reduced the number of the routes by 50% after attacks
  • Trips of less than 400 miles once made up majority of network

A Southwest Airlines plane sits at a gate in Phoenix, Arizona. Southwest may see a resurrection of shorter flights that once made up the majority of its system before demand collapsed following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Southwest Airlines Co. may see a resurrection of shorter flights that once made up the majority of its system before demand collapsed following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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