Southwest CEO Gary Kelly to step down: Will the Airline Makes Fee Changes?

 

 

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, 66, will step down from his position as CEO and will  become executive chairman, Southwest announced Wednesday.

The airline never had a single layoff or furlough in its 50-year history and not even during the coronavirus pandemic.

Robert Jordan, Southwest’s EVP for corporate services take the reign as  the next CEO, starting Feb. 1 next year. He started with the  airline in 1988 and had  several key roles.

“Bob and I have worked side by side for more than 30 years,” Kelly said in a press release. “He is a gifted and experienced executive and well prepared to take on this important role.”

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Southwest airlines CEO, Gary Kelly said ‘It’s not like we are changing the DNA of the company’ when questioned about raising fees for baggage or requiring assigned seating.

Kelly’s replacement, longtime Southwest executive Bob Jordan, had a quick reply in a brief interview with USA TODAY.”I will say emphatically that we will not charge for bags,” Jordan said. “And there will be no (ticket) change fees.”

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