Southwest Airlines claims $60 million loss from government shutdown

AUSTIN (KXAN/CNN) — Texas-based Southwest Airlines says the partial government shutdown that began in December and lasted for 35 days cost the company about $60 million in revenue. 

The airline had originally expected to take a hit closer to $15 million but say their actual losses were four times what the projected. It didn’t elaborate on the specific reason for the losses.

This is just the latest in a litany of recent problems for the airlines, including hundreds of flights being canceled due to mechanical issues. Southwest is also being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration about whether they are miscalculating the weight of checked bags on their flights. 

Last month, CNN reported Delta estimated the government shutdown would cost it $25 million in revenue, as fewer government workers were traveling. 

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