Southwest Airlines Launching Nonstop to Reagan National Airport
Southwest Airlines is planning to launch new nonstop flight service between Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) on August 4, 2013. The announcement means that air passengers in Houston will soon have the ability to access Reagan National Airport from both HOU and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
“Southwest Airlines is definitely taking advantage of the strong economic momentum that currently exists in Houston,” said Houston Airports’ Chief Commercial Officer Ian Wadsworth. “This is the latest in a string of service announcements from Southwest Airlines, expanding their coverage area for Houston passengers.”
Southwest Airlines recently launched nonstop service to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Charlotte, North Carolina, in addition to announcing planned service to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, beginning in June 2013.
As for the Washington, D.C. route, it was made possible after the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded slot exemptions to Southwest Airlines by accepting its application for gate space at Reagan National Airport.
The new route completes a triad of nonstop service options between Houston and the metropolitan airports in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. and further underscores the airlines’ commitment to business travelers who value these nonstop flights.
“This new option on Southwest Airlines brings our legendary customer service and low fares to tens of thousands of customers who will travel the route each year between Reagan National and Houston Hobby,” said Ron Ricks, Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President & Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer. “We owe great thanks to the thousands of Southwest employees and community partners who joined a chorus of consumers asking that we be able to offer this needed service.”
Southwest Airlines currently operates 153 daily departures from Hobby Airport.