Southwest Airlines has promoted and changed the job description of its top network planner, part of an effort to more closely align route planning and day-to-day operations.
Adam Decaire, who has been Southwest’s VP of network planning since 2018, will now be the airline’s senior VP of network planning and network operations control. He will continue to report to COO Andrew Watterson, but VP of network operations control Matt Hafner will now report to Decaire.
“This change creates a tighter feedback loop between schedule design and schedule execution while adding resiliency and reliability to the network,” Southwest said in a statement.
The move comes in the aftermath of Southwest’s major holiday meltdown that led to over 16,700 flight cancellations. Southwest said in a statement it is making management adjustments that “will strengthen our operational execution.”
Southwest said Decaire “has championed the design and deployment of innovative technologies and solutions in network planning that helped manage through wide-scale schedule dynamics,” adding: “In this new role, he will continue to provide his vast knowledge of the airline’s network combined with a unified organization.”
The carrier noted Decaire began his career at Southwest in 1996 as a ramp agent in Cleveland (CLE).