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Southwest Airlines Now Connects Hobby Airport to Ronald Reagan Airport in Washington, D.C.

August 5, 2013

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The nonstop flight between Houston and Washington, D.C. began on August 4, 2013.
Southwest Airlines is now officially operating nonstop air service between Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Washington, D.C.’s Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

The inaugural nonstop flight departed Houston at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 4, 2013, amid cheers from both Southwest Airlines’ employees as well as passengers.

“There was a tremendous amount of work that went into bringing this nonstop flight to Houston,” says Hobby Airport General Manager Perry Miller. “This was a unique situation and it called for a very coordinated effort from both Southwest Airlines and the Houston Airport System. In the end, we pulled together and made a very convincing case for a Houston to D.C. connection.”

The low cost carrier had actually been in competition with several other airlines, each of whom wanted to fill slots that had recently been vacated at Reagan Washington National Airport.

The Southwest Airlines proposal was the only submission that connected DCA to Houston, so it was the obvious preferred choice for members of the leadership team at Hobby Airport.

The flight to Washington, D.C. is the latest headline in a string of announcements from Southwest Airlines regarding the air service offered in Houston. Over the past year alone, Southwest Airlines has launched nonstop flights between Hobby Airport and the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New York City – LaGuardia Airport, Orange County, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham and Seattle. This activity is in addition to the recent announcement that nonstop service between Houston and Memphis, Tennessee will begin on November 3, 2013.

“The Washington, D.C. route represents another important plank in our platform of building up the Houston market,” says Southwest Airlines Spokesman Brad Hawkins. “This is in addition to the new service to other cities and construction of an international terminal set to open in 2015.”

Southwest Airlines is partnering with the Houston Airport System (HAS) in establishing regional international flight service to Latin American destinations by the end of 2015. The plan calls for Southwest Airlines to construct a five-gate concourse facility, while HAS commits to building the infrastructure necessary to support the venture, such as roadway improvements and a new parking garage. A groundbreaking ceremony, designed to celebrate the launch of construction on the concourse and Federal Inspection Services Facility, is slated to take place on September 30, 2013. 
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