Southwest, American Suffered a ‘blow' From Hurricanes, But Carriers Say Long-term Forecast Is Good

WASHINGTON — The leaders of American Airlines and Southwest Airlines said Wednesday that they are optimistic about the industry's ability to withstand the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, even though the storms packed a serious financial punch in the short-term."There is a blow, and we are going to absorb it," Southwest chief executive Gary Kelly said at Airlines for America's Commercial Aviation Industry Summit. "We'll take care of our people, and we'll take care of our customers."The weather in Texas and Florida created havoc for the airlines, particularly as they helped people evacuate ahead of landfall.  Continue reading...

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