Welcome to my latest blog post!
For the first time, I did a last-minute cancellation of a flight with Southwest Airlines. Why did this happen? Please read on to find out.
Flying Southwest Airlines has been in my mind for a long time due to its popularity among the locals in the U.S. I managed to find a suitable time in New York to do this one-day trip, just that I had to sacrifice one day of sightseeing. I decided on New York LGA (La Guardia) to Tampa. Why LGA? I wanted to experience the airport for myself and also Southwest only flies out of New York from this airport. Just as I thought that I would be flying on Southwest Airlines, unfortunately, mother nature decided otherwise for me on that day.
Southwest's mobile app
Brief information of Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines was found in March 1967, orginally known as Air Southwest. The airline started operation in June 1971 and have been operating Boeing 737s since the beginning. The headquarters is based in Dallas, Texas and currently have operating 11 hubs (June 2022). They are Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago (MDW), Dallas (DAL), Denver, Houston (HOU), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orlando and Phoenix (PHX).
The only time it operates an aircraft not a 737 was a 727-200 which the airline leased from 1979 to 1980 and 1983 to 1985. As it decided to use the more economical 737, it has been using this single aircraft type up till now and it works very well for the airline. Operating a single type means the pilots and cabin crew can operate any aircraft types without restriction.
This is Southwest's Boeing 727-200 (Photo by Frank C. Duarte Jr)
Brief Information of New York’s La Guardia Airport (LGA)
This airport was established in 1929 and was named after former New York City Mayor Fioello La Guardia. He served as the 99th Mayor of New York City from 1934 and 1945 and because of his popularity for his charismatic personality, this airport was named after him. This is one of the 4 airports in New York, the 3rd in terms of capacity, behind Newark and John Frank Kennedy Airports. It started commercial flights for the public in 1939 and operates 2 runways, 04/22 and 13/31. This airport was built to cope with the domestic flights and limited international flights. Currently, this airport only caters to narrow-body aircraft and majority of the flights are operated on domestic routes, flying to both primary and secondary airports of cities around the country. This airport is a hub for American Airlines and Delta Airlines with many of the flights operated by these 2. However, there are restrictions making operation at this airport more challenging.
This airport was notoriously known for being inefficient, outdated and operating poorly maintained facilities. However, that all change when the PANYNJ (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey) responded in 2015 by announcing a miltibillion-dollar reconstruction of the entire airport and currently the airport is in operationg with lots of construction work going on. This project would be completed by 2025.
Photos of LGA Terminal B Land side