Southwest Faces $140 Million Penalty for 2022 Holiday Meltdown

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has required Southwest Airlines to set aside $90 million to compensate future passengers affected by significant cancellations or delays. This money will be reserved for vouchers of at least $75, in addition to any flight rebookings or reimbursements for food and hotel expenses. Southwest will also have to pay a $35 million fine to the government, but some of their other efforts will be counted towards that cost. The penalties come almost a year after a meltdown in December, during which around 20% of Southwest flights were delayed. Tap for more at Nerdwallet