Feb 20, 2019

Southwest Airlines says shutdown caused $60 million revenue hit

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Southwest Airlines said Wednesday that the 35-day partial government shutdown cost it $60 million in revenue, more than 4 times the $10 million to $15 million it had originally forecasted last month, CNBC reports.

The big picture: Southwest said government workers and contractors were not traveling across the country as often by plane during the shutdown. The airline also saw a long-awaited Hawaii route delayed as government approvals were stalled.

  • Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian told CNBC last month that it lost $25 million in revenue from the shutdown.
  • United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz also told CNBC a day after Bastian's comments that his airline had not yet seen "significant" impact from the shutdown but remained worried about continued effects.

Details: Though the hit is relatively small compared to its overall revenue — Southwest took in $5.7 billion in 2018's fourth quarter — the airline still saw its stock drop 6% on the news, and Goldman Sachs downgraded it from "neutral" to "sell."

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America's small business bailout is off to a bad start

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Websites have crashed, phones are jammed and confusion reigns as businesses rushed at today's kickoff to get their chunk of the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program.

Why it matters: This is a race to save jobs in the present and the future, and to ensure that as many workers as possible keep their benefits and paychecks during the coronavirus lockdown.