May 20, 2009
The CEO of Southwest Airlines says a pickup in
travel in April fizzled in May, forcing the company to speed up
plans for more revenue.
Chief Executive Gary Kelly said Wednesday that traffic so far in
May is "very soft," and he blamed the swine flu outbreak that
made some travelers nervous about getting on a plane.
Kelly made the comments after Southwest's annual shareholder
American Airlines parent AMR also held its annual meeting, and
employees complained about the lack of pay raises.