It has been a few months, but back in March all 737 MAX 8 aircrafts were pulled out of the sky. On the domestic front, this affected affected American, United and Southwest. Out of the three airlines, however, Southwest was hit the hardest due to the sheer number of these aircrafts in their fleet. While Southwest unfortunately didn’t handle the situation quiet well at the beginning, due to last minute cancellations, more recently they have been proactive in canceling their flights months out at a time. \
Back in April, they announced that they were going to adjust their schedule and cancel all fights scheduled to fly the 737 MAX through August 5th. This then gave customers enough notice to rebook their flights on Southwest or another airline if needed. Now that the summer is approaching and there is no news on when the aircrafts will be back in the air, Southwest is proactively adjusting their schedule once again. They just announced that they are going going to adjust their schedule for flights through Sept. 2nd. Any flights that currently have the 737 MAX aircraft scheduled will either have an aircraft swap or will face the flight being canceled. Southwest suggests that this will affect about 100 daily flights (out of more than 4,000 flights per day).
All customers who are affected will be notified by Southwest and will be given on of two options: 1) Opportunity to switch to another Southwest flight within 14 days from their scheduled flight. Customers will not have to pay a fare difference, there just has to be a seat available; or 2) Cancel their reservation.
If you have a Southwest flight booked between Aug. 5 and Sept. 2, I would absolutely recommend double checking on your flight to see if it is one of the flights affected. If so, make sure to call up Southwest immediately to figure out another flight that works for you and your family.