Mar 5, 2010 11:59 AM

Storms cost Southwest Airlines $15 million

Southwest Airlines Co. says that winter storms along the East Coast last month cost it $15 million in lost passenger revenue.

Southwest's estimate on Friday came after two other airlines said earlier this week that the poor weather cost them about $55 million in lost revenue.
Continental Airlines Inc. estimated the storms cost it $25 million after it closed operations at its Newark, N.J., hub. US Airways Group Inc. pegged its storm loss at $30 million. It was vulnerable because it has more flights along the East Coast than any other airline.

The storms caused airlines to cancel thousands of flights and to delay many others. Flight-tracking firm tallied 7,400 canceled flights at the seven largest airports affected by the weather.


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