I haven't really kept up with the progress on Southwest's new gates at MDW, but in another thread user Jsnww81 posted:
Southwest will get its first new gates at Midway this coming spring. When their new concourse is fully complete, they'll have 19 gates, over the 13 they have currently. That's an increase of 6 gates - Southwest should be able to expand the MDW operation considerably.
I agee and think you'll see more short-haul flights from places like ALB and BUF, new or increased mid-haul service from places like SAT, AUS and HOU and more service to Florida and the west coast.
Regarding BWI, there was an article back at the end of July about Southwest's future plans for expansion at BWI.
Southwest committed to BWI expansion
Highlights from the above article were:
Southwest Airlines could nearly double its service to BWI within the next three years,
Bob Montgomery, Southwest's vice president of properties and facilities stated: "Our deepest desire is to add capacity here as soon as we can,"
BWI had 138 Southwest departures a day, making it the third busiest arport in Southwest's sytem.
Southwest has increased it's staff by 20% and could add as many as 14 new domestic flights next year.
Southwest's expansion at BWI includes the construction of a new 31-gate, 500,000-square-foot terminal that is expected to be finished by the end of 2005 and could result in nearly 250 daily Southwest departures.
I think I read somewhere else that construction had been completed on a moving sidewalk airside "connector" between Pier B and C so that passengers at BWI changing planes from B to C and vice versa don't have to exit the sterile area and reclear security again to get in the new concourse.
If Southwest does add up to 14 new daily departures next year, I'd look for most of them to be long-haul. I think BWI is big enough to provide point to point service to long haul destinations on its own, but due to Southwest's frequent flights, BWI is also an easy connection city for those folks in MHT, PVD, ISP, BDL, and ORF.
And then there's Southwest's new 24-gate concourse at HOU.
Back when groundbreaking ceremonies were held in June of 2000, the project was supposed to be 374,000 sq. feet, and open in October, 2002 with 20 gates. Since that time, I've read that it will now be more than 500,000 sq. feet and open with 24 gates. I'm not sure when it's scheduled for completion, but I suspect the opening date might have been pushed back a bit to allow for the additional construction of the new gates and to make changes/add extra space for the new baggage screening machines.
I hope to see Southwest gradually add or increase nonstop service to MCI and MDW, the west coast, the northeast and Florida. Like BWI, I think HOU is big enough to support mid- to long-haul point-to-point service on its own, but because of frequent flights between HOU and AUS, HRL, CRP, SAT, and MSY, Hobby could also serve as a good connection city for folks from those areas.
Southwest Airlines plans to expand space at KCI
Highlights of the article were
The expansion would allow Southwest to increase its daily flights out MCI from 75 to 120.
Kansas City is Southwest's 11th busiest station in terms of daily departures.
When the terminal renovations are completed in 2004, Southwest will have 12 gates in Terminal B.
Under the new proposal, all of the Southwest area would be expanded, and the passenger holding areas would be contiguous between all 12 gates.
(I'm taking that last statement to mean that passenger arriving at one gate will be able to change planes without having to exit the sterile area and reclear security at another gate like it is now.
Also, I was under the impression that the current renovations involved adding more space by extending the terminal out about 8 feet where the entrance vestibules are now. It sounded like Southwest's expansion is adding space on at the back of the terminal towards the ramp.
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