Southwest Pulls Back on Leisure Destinations to Refocus on Business Travel

Southwest Airlines is not finding it hard to hire new talent; it's finding it hard to train new hires fast enough. Stephen M. Keller / Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is not finding it hard to hire new talent; it’s finding it hard to train new hires fast enough. Stephen M. Keller / Southwest Airlines

Recent bookings have reversed Southwest Airlines’ formerly dim view of the return of business travel, with March corporate revenue exceeding March 2019. The Dallas-based airline is retooling its network away from some of the leisure-focused destinations it focused on during the depths of the pandemic to business markets as it prepares for road warriors to return.

Former CEO Gary Kelly, who stepped down earlier this year, famously said he thought about 20