Southwest to trim 190 flights this winter

DALLAS (AP) - Southwest Airlines announced today that it'll eliminate nearly 200 flights early next year as it struggles with high fuel costs and a weakening economy.

Southwest will cut 196 flights while adding only six new ones in its schedule that takes effect January 11th. That's nearly 6% of the airline's daily schedule of close to 3,400 flights.

Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz says some of the eliminated flights could be restored later in 2009. Late winter is typically a slow travel period.

The Dallas-based airlines had resisted the kinds of capacity cuts being made by other carriers. The move raises doubts about the company's publicly stated goal of growing modestly in 2009 despite the airline industry's troubles.