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Southwest Airlines is removing the grounded Boeing 737 Max from its schedule through Oct. 1, a move that will cancel 150 daily flights.

The airline previously had the plane return to its schedule after Labor Day. It attributes the extension, the second this month, to the uncertain timing about the Max's return to service. Southwest, the largest U.S. operator of the Max with 34 Max 8s, said removing the plane from its schedule will reduce last-minute flight cancellations. The airline was sharply criticized for a flurry of flight cancellations and limited rebooking options in the early weeks of the Max grounding.

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft are parked on the tarmac after being grounded at the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville March 28. After two fatal crashes in five months, Boeing is trying hard to present itself as unfazed by the crisis that surrounds the company. (Photo: MARK RALSTON, AFP / Getty Images)

Southwest said the limited number of travelers who have already booked travel for September will be notified about their options.

"We offer our apologies to our customers impacted by this change, and we thank them for their continued patience," the airline's statement said.

American, the second-largest US operator of the Max with 24 Max 8s , has the Max out of its schedule through Sept. 3 and is expected to extend that period.

On Wednesday, United removed the plane from its schedule through Labor Day. The airline has 14 Max 9s in its fleet.


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