Southwest Airlines promotes physical distancing with limitations on flight bookings

The Points Guy has announced Southwest Airlines has announced it plans to continue to limit bookings on its flights through at least July to give passengers space between seats, the company said.

The Dallas-based carrier is capping bookings at around 79 passengers on its Boeing 737-700s and around 102 passengers on its 737-800s depending on the route and day-of-week, according to an employee who saw internal documents. The limits represent an at least 42% reduction in the number of seats on both the -700s and -800s, which are configured for 142 and 175 passengers, respectively.

Southwest says it recorded positive bookings on a net basis so far this month as passenger reservations outpaced trip cancellations, helping the company slow its cash burn rate.