Government shutdown

Southwest Airlines says shutdown caused $60 million revenue hit

Southwest plane in the air.
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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.

Governing on the edge

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

A senior government official who was involved in the spending negotiations over the past few weeks told me the experience taught them something disturbing.

"We're going to go to the edge on everything," the official said on Friday, shortly after Trump signed the bill to fund the 25% of the government that had shut down for 35 days on his watch.

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