Holiday? What Holiday! Today, Labor Day, Southwest opened our Spring Break 2012 flight schedule for sale, adding availability from March 10th through April 9th, 2012. Front-and-center in our schedule for next spring is the addition of two new nonstop markets from Atlanta—service to Las Vegas as well as Phoenix! We’ve timed our flights in these markets to provide great connectivity to Southwest’s dense Western network, but they’ll also give our new Georgia Customers some “quality time” in the Valley of the Sun as well as all up and down the Vegas Strip. This will give us 17 weekday departures from Atlanta (we begin service on February 12th to Austin, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago/Midway, Denver, and Houston) and will increase the number of Southwest airports with links to Atlanta to 50. Of course, this is all in addition to the 173 nonstops each day that our colleagues at AirTran will be operating between Atlanta and 51 cities!
Also returning next March are nonstops between Birmingham and Phoenix, as well as Saturday-only service between Orlando and both Cleveland and Detroit. Overall, we’ll be offering 3,358 weekday departures, an increase of 138 daily flights over the February schedule with no increase in aircraft. Our new nonstops as well as other service increases to beach, ski, and big-city destinations for Spring Breakers are, as usual, funded by frequency changes in dozens of markets, all of which are “stitched together” by our unique schedule optimization process.
Even though we’ve now published our schedules through the entire first quarter of 2012, we’re already hard at work on the rest of next year. Of course, you’ll read about it here first—so check back here frequently. And start planning that Spring Break trip now! Happy Labor Day, folks!