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Schedule Changes Land at Hobby Airport


September 1, 2011

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Southwest Airlines paved their way into the Atlanta market with the purchase of AirTran Airways.
Southwest Airlines and Delta Airlines are both making significant alterations to their Houston schedules.

Southwest Airlines is adding non-stop service to Atlanta, Georgia and Delta Airlines is moving its Cincinnati flight from George Bush Intercontinental Airport to William P. Hobby Airport.

Southwest to Atlanta

Southwest Airlines is starting non-stop service to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on February 12, 2012.

The move not only marks Southwest’s entry into the world’s busiest airport but also represents a major milestone in the carrier’s acquisition of AirTran Airways.

"We've said all along that this deal to bring AirTran's people, planes and places into the Southwest family is about offering more destinations and spreading more low fares farther, through the strength of our network," says Southwest president, chairman and CEO Gary Kelly.

Southwest Airlines purchased the low-cost carrier for $1.7 billion and the two airlines are expected to begin operating under a single operating certificate some time in 2012.

Until then, the two airlines are coordinating their new route schedules and AirTran Airways continues to fly under its familiar brand name. In Houston, Southwest Airlines will operate three daily flights to Atlanta once the service gets started, while AirTran Airways will maintain three daily Atlanta flights of its own.

Delta moving flights

Hobby Airport is also picking up additional service from Delta Airlines, as they move their Cincinnati and New York flights from George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Beginning September 7, Delta Airlines will have its non-stop flights to Cincinnati International Airport and John F. Kennedy Airport departing from Hobby Airport.

The airline, which offers flight operations in both Bush Airport and Hobby Airport, currently has two daily flights between Houston and Cincinnati and one daily flight between Houston and New York City’s JFK Airport.
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