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WN To RSW Confirmed!  
User currently offlineRL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4646 posts, RR: 11
Posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6712 times:

Its confirmed so I figuired I'd start a new thread

Southwest website has a link for RSW PDF flight schedules.... no other information at this time.


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User currently offlineRL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4646 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6691 times:

Sorry folks... I will take the bow of shame.... perhaps its my 3 hrs sleep last night... I forgot about the codeshare...... Though for some reason.., when you click on it it is unavailable!


Experience is what you get when what you thought would work out didn't!
User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6657 times:

Welcome to Fort Myers, Southwest Airlines!

Looks like Southwest will be using RSW's new terminal as shown in this picture?


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Photo © Stephan Tophoven



photo description: View of the new terminal that will be opened in 2005



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User currently offlineTheGreatChecko From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1128 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6525 times:

It is official!

Just got an email from RapidRewards:

June 27, 2005
Dear Rapid Rewards Member:

New Service in the Sunshine State!
Southwest Airlines solidified its Florida presence today by announcing service to Fort Myers, FL, from Southwest Florida International Airport beginning in October 2005. Now our Southwest Florida Customers have to look no further than their own backyard for Southwest's legendary low fares and great Customer Service.

Southwest Florida International Airport will become Southwest's 61st airport systemwide and Southwest's sixth Florida city. Fares and flight schedules will be announced next month.


It'll be exciting to see this pan out!

GreatChecko



"A pilot's plane she is. She will love you if you deserve it, and try to kill you if you don't...She is the Mighty Q400"
User currently offlineDAYflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3807 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6502 times:

I notice they picked a city with no presence by Airtran. Interesting.


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User currently offlineKevin82277 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6482 times:

Airtran has flights to ATL, DCA and BWI from RSW. Airtran is big in Southwest florida.

User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6476 times:

Thats weird I didn't get anything in my email and I am afrequent flyer with SWA. Yes I am also signed up with Rapid Reward.

Alex



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User currently offlineQuickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6478 times:

"I notice they picked a city with no presence by Airtran. Interesting"

Airtran has a decent presence at RSW. ATL, DCA, BWI, MKE are all RSW destinations on FL. DCA might be seasonal though.


User currently offlineUsairways85 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 3393 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6431 times:

FL operates PHL-RSW seasonally

User currently offlineJlp12345 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6401 times:

Here is a link to the official press release.

http://www.southwest.com/about_swa/press/prindex.html


User currently offlineRL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4646 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6402 times:

Southwest Airlines to Serve Fort Myers, Florida!
Monday June 27, 11:30 am ET
Airline Adds Sixth Florida City to Its Route Map


DALLAS, June 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Southwest Airlines, the low-fare leader, solidified its Florida presence today by announcing service to Fort Myers, Fla., from Southwest Florida International Airport beginning in October 2005. Fort Myers will be Southwest's sixth Florida city. Fares and flight schedules will be announced next month.
"Fort Myers is a great addition to the Southwest Airlines Family, not only from a business standpoint, but from a Southwest Florida Customer standpoint as well," said Gary Kelly, Southwest's Chief Executive Officer. "Now, our Southwest Florida Customers have to look no further than their own backyard for Southwest's legendary low fares and great Customer Service."

With this announcement, Southwest Airlines continues to expand its commitment to the state of Florida. Southwest Florida International Airport will become Southwest's 61st airport systemwide. In Florida, Southwest currently serves Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa Bay, and West Palm Beach. Southwest Airlines is the largest intra-Florida carrier and transported more than 5.7 million Floridians in 2004.

"We are very excited about Southwest Airlines' decision to inaugurate service at Southwest Florida International Airport," said Robert M. Ball, A.A.E., Executive Director of the Lee County Port Authority. "We have been working closely with Southwest for many years and are pleased they have selected Southwest Florida as their newest destination. We are confident this partnership will be successful and know travelers will enjoy this exciting new service option."

Historically, when Southwest enters a new city, fares drop dramatically and demand for travel increases. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in a 1993 study described the phenomenon as the "Southwest Effect." Statistics from Southwest's newest cities, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are a perfect example:


* Since Southwest Airlines entered the Philadelphia market in May 2004,
total Philadelphia traffic has increased nearly 30 percent.
* In just one year, Southwest Airlines has grown to capture nearly
10 percent of the Philadelphia market share.
* In the third quarter of 2004, the average one-way fare between
Philadelphia and Chicago Midway fell 46 percent, while traffic
increased by 137 percent. In addition, the average one-way fare
between Philadelphia and Chicago O'Hare (an airport that Southwest
Airlines does not serve) fell 44 percent, while traffic increased by
28 percent, showing that Southwest Airlines' arrival in new markets
benefits sister airports and other airlines.
* Since Southwest Airlines entered the Philadelphia market, one-way
fares between Philadelphia and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., have dropped 74
percent; one-way fares between Philadelphia and Phoenix have dropped
33 percent; one-way fares between Philadelphia and Los Angeles have
dropped 33 percent; one-way fares between Philadelphia and Las Vegas
have dropped 27 percent; and one-way fares between Philadelphia and
Tampa Bay have dropped 20 percent.
* Southwest, which began service from Pittsburgh on May 4 with 10 daily
nonstop flights to Chicago, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Orlando, had
a total of 57,260 passengers, accounting for six percent of the
passengers at Pittsburgh International Airport, in its first month of
operations. Southwest was the fourth busiest airline at Pittsburgh
behind US Airways (570,168), Delta (65,228), and United (60,931) for
May 2005.

"Southwest is thrilled to begin operating out of a new, state-of-the-art facility," Kelly said. "The new terminal will be a great home for Southwest, and Fort Myers will be a fantastic addition to our strong 61 city network."

For more than 34 years, Southwest has been in the business of connecting people -- whether they are business executives looking to "close the deal" or loved ones gathering for a special occasion. Southwest boarded more than 70 million Customers in 2004 on its young fleet of Boeing 737s.

Southwest has reported 32 consecutive years of profitability, and earlier this month celebrated its 34th year in business. Based in Dallas, Southwest operates a fleet of 432 Boeing 737s with an average age of nine years -- among the youngest pure jet fleets in the domestic airline industry. Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest carrier in terms of domestic passengers enplaned, currently serves 60 airports in 31 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,000 flights a day and has 31,000+ Employees systemwide.



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User currently onlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32620 posts, RR: 72
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6390 times:

airTran will also be launching daily RSW-IND in November.

And don't be surprised to see ATA pull out of RSW with WN coming in.



a.
User currently offlineTheGreatChecko From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1128 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6372 times:

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 6):
Thats weird I didn't get anything in my email and I am afrequent flyer with SWA. Yes I am also signed up with Rapid Reward.

I guess I'm just special.  spin 

Just kidding....I'd put more money on your email server just running a bit behind (and me being special in the special ed kinda way  Wink )

GreatChecko



"A pilot's plane she is. She will love you if you deserve it, and try to kill you if you don't...She is the Mighty Q400"
User currently offlineCmhsrq From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 990 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6358 times:

I was just going to bring up the topic of ATA pulling out of RSW, but ya beat me to it. I wish someone would anouce new service for SRQ.


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User currently offlineTrey From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 250 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6322 times:

did they say when they will release cities wtih service?

User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6756 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6311 times:

I would guess the schedule to look something like this..

2x MDW
3x PHL
3x BNA
1x BHM or MSY
2x MCO



Aiming High and going far..
User currently offlineJlp12345 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6287 times:

The cities served and frequencies will be announced next month. WN has been doing this lately with their new cities, they announce the city and then the details at a latter date. I'll guess PHL, BWI, MDW, BNA, and HOU. ISP is also a possibility.

User currently offlineTsnamm From United States of America, joined May 2005, 628 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6278 times:

Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 15):

No BWI or ISP??


User currently onlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32620 posts, RR: 72
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6272 times:

Quoting ERJ170 (Reply 15):
I would guess the schedule to look something like this..

2x MDW
3x PHL
3x BNA
1x BHM or MSY
2x MCO

I don't think they are going to waste fuel flying to Orlando. They launched PBI-MCO when they started PBI service, figuring that they could get a handful of local travelers (PBI and MCO are too close to bother with flying), and then connect the rest. The flight performed terribly. RSW-MCO is even shorter.

My predecition:

-2x Midway
-2x Philadelphia
-1x Indianapolis (IND-RSW is a huge market; for some reason, people in Indiana love Southwest Florida)
-1x Nashville
-1x Islip
-1x Las Vegas or Phoenix
-2x Baltimore



a.
User currently offlineJlp12345 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6239 times:

LAS or PHX may be real possibilities. In an article in last months Air Transport World, the airport director said they were really pushing for service out west. I believe the furthest west any airline flies is F9 to Denver.

User currently offlineAC777LR From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 487 posts, RR: 41
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6216 times:

This is great news, gives me more options now to fly to my condo, Thank You WN. I Cant wait until the RSWs new terminal opens, though I like the old one, its a great size for me.


Member since April 2000
User currently offlineBluejackets From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 280 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6215 times:

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 18):
people in Indiana love Southwest Florida

Same with Central Ohioans, although I doubt they'll start off with a CMH route. Maybe in a few years.



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User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6756 posts, RR: 17
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6213 times:

Okay.. I forgot about PHX.. let me change mine..

I believe it will start with 10 flights..

3x PHL
2x MDW
1x PHX
3x BNA
1x BWI



Aiming High and going far..
User currently offlineFI642 From Monaco, joined Mar 2005, 1079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6201 times:

Certainly BWI will have service. SW Florida seems to be a hot spot for folks from the Baltimore area.


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User currently offlineMlsrar From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1417 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6190 times:

Quoting FI642 (Reply 23):
Certainly BWI will have service. SW Florida seems to be a hot spot for folks from the Baltimore area.

Southwest FL is seemingly an immensely popular area for anyone east of the Mississippi. It is the Arizona of the east, only with hurricanes and humidity  Smile

On an aside, I think FL terminated their MKE service from RSW.

NW has seasonal n/s, as does YX, for 4 daily r/t between the 2 carriers. More than enough capacity I think.

I think WN would possibly add MCI, just a guess though.



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25 Post contains images Atrude777 : I got it!!! Finally, now I feel special haha Congrats WN and RSW, and can't wait to fly them down to RSW next yr, i visit RSW quite alot now especial
26 MAH4546 : Yes. The general trend is that people on the coasts perfer South Florida, while people in the Midwest perfer Southwest Florida and Tampa. You can com
27 Stlgph : I wonder what will happen with ATA then. :/ I predict- Houston, Phoenix, Nashville, Baltimore, Philadelphia.
28 PVD757 : Guessing: BWI 3 MDW 2 PHL 1 BNA 1 ISP 1 PIT 1 MCI or STL 1 PVD/MHT BDL could see 1 flight in 2006...[Edited 2005-06-27 18:13:08]
29 ERJ170 : I'm wondering the same thing... Will ATA become WN International branch.. with flights to Hawaii, Mexico, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, and large airpor
30 Atrude777 : iv seen quite a few people mention STL, I didn't realize the demand was there? I admit our AA RSW-STL flight was booked full. We will see if WN thinks
31 MSYtristar : I don't think we'd see RSW-HOU or RSW-MSY initially. Of course I'd love to see a RSW-MSY-HOU flight, or something of the sort, but i'm not certain tha
32 Pensacolaguy : Congratulations RSW on landing WN. Almost have all of FL served with WN.
33 RL757PVD : Carrying over from the other thread im thinking... BWI-4 MDW-2 PHL-2 IND-1 The its a toss up ..but either 1x to LAS ISP or PIT
34 ScottB : Add Boston as a place that has a good bit of traffic to Southwest Florida -- probably in part due to the Red Sox being in Fort Myers for Spring Train
35 TheGreatChecko : I wouldn't put it past them. I remember before they went into BK they had plans to go internationally. I don't remember exactly, but it was a seconda
36 PVD757 : I've heard that the MCO-SJU TZ flight will be the next codeshare flight. That will leave AUA and CUN without codeshare service...
37 MAH4546 : Yes, definitley heavy traffic from Boston to SW Florida, though Bostonians perfer South Florida.
38 Johnboy : I'd throw in MSY just because it seems many West Coast WN flights seem to touch down there first before heading onto Florida. I could envision PHX, ju
39 Swadispatcher : With the addition of life vests to the fleet (using the Q routes across the Gulf), I think it highly probable that there will end up being a PHX or LA
40 IslipWN : I really hope they will start RSW-ISP!!!! Joe
41 Vegasplanes : It will be interesting to see how WN progresses in RSW, this appears to be the same type of market as PBI in that PBI caters to the NE US residents, w
42 Swadispatcher : Forgot about that.. they might do one daily and only 2 BWI's
43 PVD757 : I've heard that PVD might be in the running for a 1X daily flight. Of course the rumors always fly around the station when they announce a new city, s
44 FLAIRPORT : to anyone who says PHX or LAS...I would be suprised...it took FLL 9+ years to get WEEKEND service to one of them....although LAS has PIT service, so i
45 777STL : USA 3000 also flies STL-RSW several days a week. I do think there's a market in STL for more service to RSW. Back when TW was around they'd have four
46 N1120A : WN haters? You there? Oh right, this is something that goes completely against your "WN kills competition and raises fares" thought Here's another fo
47 Ntspelich : I'm not so sure on BWI service. HDQ has deliberately slowed down our growth at BWI until we can get our staffing levels up to par and smooth out the k
48 Stirling : PHL-3 ISP-1 PVD-1 MDW-2 ISP-1 WildCards: BUF CMH IND MSY HOU I have a friend at WN who added some credence to this line of thinking today in a convers
49 RL757PVD : One thing I think we will see with RSW is alot of Sat/ Sun only flights. Since WN is not well known for adjusting their schedule on seasonality, I thi
50 PVD757 : Which plays into my thinking that WN will serve more BWI and PHL for connections and 1 or 2X daily to markets that can support it for at least 3 quar
51 FLAIRPORT : Speaking of schedules, anyone know when I can book for Thanksgiving (on WN). My parents are giving me quite a hassel and are saying "there won't be se
52 ERJ170 : If you can't get a seat, no one else will.. so right now you are safe.
53 PVD757 : It's at the point you should check every weekday if you can. I'm guessing next week or the following at the latest. They typically open up new booking
54 ATA767 : Here is what was communicated to the ATA employees today! "You've seen that Southwest is starting to fly to Ft. Myers. They have not announced specifi
55 CMHSRQ : Didn't they also say that IND was an important city?
56 N702ML : Some thoughts.... I can truly see something out of RSW on a southern US route...something involving MSY and HOU. The reason I say this is based on his
57 GEnx : That seems to be the case. Was being offered as Sat. only service but not returning in the new Fall scheduling. I believe that USA3000 also offers se
58 Padcrasher : Aviation Daily yesterday quoted a airline analyst saying that RSW had a 30% LCC market share already (fairly high) and this market was in that respect
59 Padcrasher : Not that I necessarily agree with that charge against WN either, but wouldn't Southwest need to "kill the competition" first before you could disprov
60 Floorrunner : My guesses for service at RSW are HOU MDW PHL MHT or PVD and when the wright ammendment is repealed DAL
61 MIA : Still no Tallahassee. Please god please have Tallahassee be next!!!!!!!!
62 MSYtristar : I don't think they'd fly over MSY in favor of HOU from the get go. It would almost certainly start out with a direct RSW-MSY-HOU flight to capture MSY
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