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Monday Midday Must-Reads

-Airlines posted big profits in 2014 as fuel prices declined and travel demand rose, according to the airline industry group, A4A. But the Los Angeles Times noted in this article that it was not a great year for airline passengers. “On-time arrival rates for airlines were down to the lowest level in four years. Flight cancellations rose. The rate of lost or damaged luggage was the highest since 2009 and passenger complaints increased last year,” the article says.

-Southwest Airlines is celebrating 30 years in the Windy City. The Chicago Business Journal in this article, said Southwest now operates 250 daily nonstop flights from Midway to 70 domestic destinations and several near international markets. “But it hasn't always been the best of times for Southwest at Midway. As it grew, Southwest has struggled for much of the past several years to maintain an acceptable on-time performance at Midway. But in recent months improvement has been noted after Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said a year ago that on-time performance was a top priority,” the article says.

-And is Virgin America the Michael Jordan of airlines? That’s what Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight posits in this analysis of airline flight data. “In 2014, Virgin America was faster than its competition on 87 percent of the routes they had in common,” the blog post said.