Southwest Airlines Announces Service From Norfolk International Airport
DALLAS, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV - news) announced today that it will inaugurate daily service from Norfolk International Airport in October of this year.
``Once we made the decision to serve the Norfolk area, we wanted to inform the community as soon as possible,'' said Herb Kelleher, chairman, president, and CEO of Southwest Airlines.
Southwest will unveil its fares and flight schedules from Norfolk this summer. The airline typically offers fares that are drastically lower than those already offered by other airlines. For example, when Southwest announced service last year from Buffalo Niagara International Airport, the airline offered an unrestricted one-way fare of $65 to Baltimore/Washington, an 83 percent savings from the unrestricted $394 one-way fare offered by other airlines. Southwest's advance purchase fares are even lower.
Southwest Airlines, which brackets the Norfolk area with service from Baltimore/Washington and Raleigh-Durham, also intends to serve the Richmond International Airport. Kelleher stated that Southwest plans to serve Richmond ``at the appropriate time in the future,'' but first needs to complete terminal expansion projects in several cities that would be desirable Richmond destinations but which currently lack the necessary facilities for additional flights.
Southwest will occupy two gates at Norfolk International Airport.
Southwest Airlines, the fourth largest domestic carrier in terms of Customers boarded, currently serves 58 airports in 57 cities in 29 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 2,750 flights a day with a fleet of 353 Boeing 737s with an average age of 8.2 years -- one of the youngest pure jet fleets in the domestic airline industry.
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