Southwest Airlines says it lost $60M in revenue due to government shutdown

Southwest Airlines said Wednesday that it lost $60 million in revenue as a result of the record-long partial government shutdown, quadruple the company's initial estimate.

The airline said in a filing that after it projected as much as $15 million in losses, "the company has continued to experience softness in passenger demand and bookings as a result of the government shutdown."


The shutdown, which ended on Jan. 25 after 35 days, prompted Southwest to delay its scheduled expansion to Hawaii.

A spokesperson for Southwest explained that “uncertainty regarding a second shutdown” contributed to lower booking rates, adding that the airline expects the dip in revenue to be temporary.

The new estimate follows projections last month from Delta Air Lines that it would take a $25 million hit from the shutdown.

Separately, Southwest is facing an investigation from the Federal Aviation Administration over discrepancies in baggage weight calculations on flights.

No punitive action has been taken, and Southwest told The Hill on Tuesday that it is working to "mitigate and eliminate any operational risks."

Updated at 12:10 p.m.