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Southwest Airlines is Set to Land in Atlanta


January 30, 2012



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Southwest Airlines will fly from Houston into the world's busiest airport beginning on February 12, 2012.
Southwest Airlines will take over half of AirTran Airways’ flights connecting William P. Hobby Airport and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

AirTran Airways has operated six daily flights between the two destinations in the past. Beginning on February 12, 2012, Southwest Airlines will take over three of those daily flights, while crews with AirTran Airways will handle the remaining three.

The two airlines continue to meld their operations into one strategic vision, following the Southwest Airlines purchase of AirTran Airways last year.

“Southwest Airlines is going to make this transition as smooth as possible for Houston passengers,” says Perry J. Miller, general manager of Hobby Airport.  “The fact that they're taking over half the flights from AirTran Airways, as opposed to the entire schedule, should help our passengers adjust a little easier.”

Access to the world’s busiest airport was a key factor in the Southwest decision to purchase AirTran Airways. Since the takeover was finalized,

Southwest has announced that beginning in mid-February, they will operate 15 non-stop departures each day in Atlanta to five different destinations, one of which is Houston. By mid-June, Southwest will also be operating non-stop service between Atlanta and two major cities: Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

"An expansion like this quickly solidifies our commitment to the Atlanta market before we've actually started service there," said Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President of Strategy and Planning and AirTran Airways President. "We are proud to showcase our robust route map connecting the Atlanta market to more than 50 Southwest cities."

In addition to the three daily flights to Atlanta, AirTran Airways will also continue operating its flight between Hobby Airport and Branson, Missouri. That non-stop service is available to passengers four days per week. 
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