Southwest Flyer Points

A Southwest Airlines plane approaches Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va., in late December, a period when the airline experienced thousands of flight cancellations.

The CEO of Southwest Airlines pushed back Tuesday against the view that his airline’s December breakdown was caused by a failure to invest enough money in crew-scheduling technology, instead blaming extremely cold weather that forced it to stop flying at some airports.

Southwest said it is buying more deicing trucks and lining up additional deicing pads at key airports and buying more engine covers and heaters to avoid a repeat.

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