Southwest Airlines Will No Longer Block Middle Seats Starting Dec. 1

Southwest Airlines Will No Longer Block Middle Seats Starting Dec. 1

Travel demand has picking up recently. Last Sunday it was the first time in more than six months that more than 1 million passengers passed through TSA checkpoints at airports. The last time that happened, was back on March 16th. With increasing demand, airlines are looking to fill up their planes and Southwest has now announced that it will soon stop limiting the number of seats for sale on each flight.

The airline has limited the number of seats for sale for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But starting December 1st, it will no longer keep middle seats empty on flights with high demand. American and United have already been filling flights for months.

“This practice of effectively keeping middle seats open bridged us from the early days of the pandemic, when we had little knowledge about the behavior of the virus, to now,” Southwest said. “Today, aligned with science-based findings from trusted medical and aviation organizations, we will resume selling all available seats for travel beginning December 1, 2020.”

That leaves Delta Air Lines as the final remaining big four carrier to limit capacity for its flights. Executives have said that policy will continue until next year.
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