Southwest Announces Further Growth Plans; Airline Plans More New Flights for June
DALLAS, March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a continuing effort to cautiously grow the airline, Southwest Airlines' (NYSE: LUV) officials today
announced the carrier will add five new daily flights to its schedule in June.
The new service will be made possible by two previously deferred deliveries of aircraft from The Boeing Co. The June deliveries will allow the
airline to begin three new nonstop flights between Chicago Midway and San Diego. Southwest also will add two additional nonstop flights between Phoenix
and Orange County.
With these two additional aircraft, Southwest will have accepted delivery of 14 aircraft in 2002, bringing its fleet to a total of 366 Boeing 737 aircraft. These 14 aircraft are part of the 19 aircraft deliveries deferred
On June 9, 2002, Southwest will initiate new nonstop service between Chicago Midway and San Diego with three daily nonstop flights. A seven-day
advance purchase fare of $89 each way based on a roundtrip purchase is available on this new nonstop service through June 9.
On the same day, Southwest also will add two daily nonstop flights between Phoenix and Orange County, bringing to five the total of daily nonstop
roundtrip flights between the two cities.
"We believe there is a demand for this new nonstop service," said Jim Parker, Southwest's CEO and vice chairman. "While we continue to recover, we
want to keep Customer demand for low-cost, convenient flights top of mind."
The fare for the new nonstop flights between Chicago Midway and San Diego is $89 each way with a roundtrip purchase and overnight stay required (any
night). Travel at this fare must be completed by Aug. 3, 2002. The fare is for the nonstop flights only. Tickets must be purchased at least seven days
before departure and within one day of making reservations. Fares do not include segment fees of $6 roundtrip, airport-assessed passenger facility
charges of $6 roundtrip, and a government-imposed September 11 Security Fee of $5 roundtrip. Tickets are nonrefundable but (except for tickets purchased
through our Group Tickets program) may be applied toward the purchase of future travel on Southwest Airlines. Seats are limited and may not be
available on some flights that operate during peak or holiday travel times.
Fares are subject to change until ticketed, and any change in itinerary could result in an increase in the fare.
Southwest currently serves 59 airports in 58 cities in 30 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 2,700 flights a day.
This is not a great surprise to me. San Diego seemed like a natural choice for service from MDW. I suspect, however, that Southwest's decision to offer this service means that ATA is a bit less likely to begin flights on this same route.
San Diego's summer schedule is beginning to shape up. New services offered this year include:
A daily flight to Boise with Horizon.
3 daily CRJ flights to Phoenix on America West--in addition to their mainline flights
3 daily flights to Midway on Southwest
AA will upgrade its midday flight to JFK from 738 to 757/762/763 on various days this summer.
Hope to see more. Still waiting for Southwest to announce a few flights from SAN to RNO.
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