So here we go! The first joint schedule move by Southwest Airlines and our subsidiary, AirTran Airways—but most definitely, not the last. And we begin with Milwaukee!!!
Effective September 6th, Southwest will add two daily flights between Milwaukee and St. Louis. We’ll also add one Southwest Milwaukee-Denver nonstop to complement AirTran’s existing flight in that market, bringing our combined total to two and providing connections to dozens of Southwest destinations via our Mile-High Powerhouse! On the same day, our colleagues at AirTran will begin two daily nonstop roundtrips between Milwaukee and Des Moines, as well as two daily trips between Milwaukee and Akron-Canton, Ohio.
On the Southwest side, these schedule additions should be instant winners with our Customers to and from Milwaukee. On the AirTran side, the new service coincides with the end of the marketing agreement between AirTran and SkyWest Airlines. AirTran will contact all affected Customers to assist with travel options, including those announced today. The new Boeing 717 service from Akron-Canton and Des Moines will allow easy alternative arrangements to and from those cities since the 117 seat jet increases capacity from the 50-seat SkyWest service.
Why am I so excited over three new Southwest roundtrips, and four new AirTran roundtrips? Simple. This is the first time we’ve made schedule and market decisions together, as one Company. This is a MILESTONE, folks!! And most certainly the shape of things to come. Welcome to the future, everyone….we’ve got a long road ahead, but the integration of AirTran into Southwest has begun!