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What they're saying: Airlines respond to Boeing 737 MAX suspension

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With 2 crashes in less than 6 months, President Trump and the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to ground Boeing 737 MAX jets had swift and significant impacts on airlines and travelers.

What they're saying: Trump told reporters that the decision was "precautionary," and "fact-based." Three major airlines have 737 in their fleets.

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.