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New Flights from Southwest Take Off at Hobby

May 1, 2012

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Southwest Airlines recently launched new non-stop flights to airports in Kansas City and Raleigh-Durham.
April proved to be a busy month for the Southwest Airlines team operating at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU).

The low-cost carrier launched two new flights at HOU on April 22, including non-stops to Kansas City, Missouri and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

The schedule additions were originally set to go into effect in May 2012, but heavy early demand led to a decision by the airline to offer the new service to its customers even sooner than initially expected.

“The addition of these two new routes provides more opportunities for Houston travelers," says Ian Wadswoth, chief commercial officer for Houston Airports.  "With the addition of the two new routes, Southwest now serves 35 non-stop markets with 130 daily flights.”

The new service is the latest in a string of major announcements from Southwest Airlines. Last year the carrier finalized its acquisition of former low-cost rival AirTran Airways.

In 2012, Southwest has already made its initial entry into the Atlanta market, announced plans to connect HOU and Seattle, Washington in June, increased the number of flights to San Antonio and Austin, and applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for permission to begin service to Ronal Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Washington, D.C.

Should the new service be approved, Southwest passengers in Houston could access the nation’s capital with single plane service traveling through Austin.

“Southwest Airlines has always been active in the Houston market,” Wadsworth says. “But this is probably the most sweeping set of changes that we’ve seen in a long time.”

Southwest Airlines has also been aggressively increasing the number of frequencies associated with cities already in place on its route map. For example, Southwest has recently increased the number of daily flights between Houston and airports in Chicago (Midway), Denver, Orlando and Philadelphia. 
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