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New Flights Coming from Southwest 

November 28, 2011

  © Houston Airport System
  Southwest Airlines is adding new non-stop flights to Raleigh-Durham, Kansas City and Seattle.
Houston is playing a key role in the future plans of Southwest Airlines as it continues to blend route schedules with the recently purchased AirTran Airways.

In June 2012, Southwest Airlines is adding non-stop flights from Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport to three new markets:  Raleigh-Durham, NC; Kansas City, MO and Seattle, WA.

In addition to these new routes, Southwest Airlines is adding frequencies to their currently served markets in Chicago (Midway), Denver, Orlando and Philadelphia. 

In addition to the non-stop flights, Houston is also seeing new frequencies added to flight schedules involving Orlando, FL; Chicago, IL (Midway Airport) and Philadelphia, PA.

“Houston has been a cornerstone in the route schedule for Southwest from the company’s earliest days,” says Houston Airport System’s director of air service development Genaro Peña. “Now with the purchase of AirTran Airways in place, we’re expecting to see the Southwest presence in Houston expand even further.”

Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways had been competing low cost airlines at Hobby Airport, but Southwest closed on the purchase of its discount rival earlier this year. The two airlines will not begin operating as a single company until the Federal Aviation Administration grants them a joint operating certificate, anticipated to occur in the first quarter of 2012.

However, route schedules for both airlines have begun to reflect a shift toward a more unified structure.

"We continue to set the stage for long-term growth by aligning our current networks to maximize what we each do best,” says Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines executive vice president and chief commercial officer.  “The next step, which we anticipate will happen in the first half of next year, will be to connect these two strong networks to offer our collective passengers lower fares on more flights, which we believe will greatly benefit consumers and create significant revenue potential for Southwest."

Once the new schedule is in place, Southwest Airlines will be operating an average of 135 daily flights at William P. Hobby Airport. 
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