Southwest Airways is including extra routes from its hometown airport at Dallas Love Area, bringing nonstop weekend connections to sunny spots in Sarasota, Fla., and Myrtle Seashore, S.C.
The provider can also be bulking up service to Austin after latest expansions by rivals, together with Fort Price-based American Airways. It’s additionally extending service from Love Area to Colorado mountain locations in Steamboat Springs and Telluride for the summer time on routes that had been presupposed to drop off in April however now will likely be flying by not less than August.
Southwest, the nation’s largest airline final 12 months, has added 17 new locations to its map for the reason that pandemic started, in an effort to succeed in out to prospects for the reason that variety of individuals flying remains to be low. That features plenty of routes to seaside and mountain spots, together with doubling down service in large markets like South Florida, Houston and Chicago.
“We proceed to tailor our schedule with added flights to handle closer-in demand for leisure locations whereas making foundational additions to our map that place our community for the long run,” Andrew Watterson, Southwest Airways govt vp and chief business officer, stated in an announcement.
Southwest revealed routes for 2 of its newer locations Thursday, bringing day by day service from Myrtle Seashore to Baltimore, Nashville and Chicago Halfway beginning Could 23. It’s going to additionally add weekend flights from Myrtle Seashore to Dallas Love Area and Pittsburgh.
Southwest simply introduced the brand new service to Myrtle Seashore on March 8, a part of the bevy of recent locations added throughout the pandemic usually concentrating on seaside and mountain locations.
Southwest began flying to Sarasota’s Bradenton Worldwide Airport on Feb. 14, however introduced Thursday that it will additionally begin flying on weekends from the Florida Gulf Coast seaside spot to Dallas Love Area this summer time.
Dallas Love Area passengers may even get the possibility to fly on to Bozeman, Montana, this summer time. Bozeman is one other mountain vacation spot that’s just a few hours from Yellowstone Nationwide Park.
Southwest can also be including six new routes from Austin, attainable retaliation for the same transfer announced earlier this month by cross-town competitor American Airlines. Southwest is including service from Austin to Sacramento, Salt Lake Metropolis, Burbank, Miami, Minneapolis and Orange County.
“Whereas different carriers have fallen out and in of affection with Austin throughout the years, we’re persevering with to construct on almost 45 years of providing reasonably priced and related air service for Central Texans and people who are headed there,” Watterson stated in an announcement.
Earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic, Southwest was the dominant provider out of Austin, flying about twice as many flights a month as its subsequent largest competitor, American.