Good morning! Today we opened the Southwest and AirTran schedules for sale from February 14 through March 8, 2013. And I have good news to report! We do not eliminate any nonstop markets on either network; we’re adding capacity back into both systems in anticipation of winter vacation travel; and I’ve even got some new markets to talk about. Details below!
Southwest will follow Interstate 35 north out of Kansas City by adding new nonstops between K.C. and Minneapolis-St. Paul! Two roundtrips each weekday will tie the two stations together and give Minnesota travelers another way to access Texas, Florida, and the West via Southwest. This will be our seventh nonstop destination from the Twin Cities, and our twenty-first nonstop market from Kansas City.
Seasonally we’ve got several additions of note—after an absence of only one month we’re bringing back nonstop Albany-Las Vegas roundtrips, plus we’re bringing back nonstop Albuquerque-Orlando, Hartford/Springfield-Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip-Ft. Myers, and Providence-Ft. Myers service. We’re also adding our first-ever nonstop service between West Palm Beach and both Pittsburgh and Providence on a seasonal basis. We’re bringing back seasonal AirTran nonstops between Chicago Midway and Ft. Myers, plus AirTran’s first-ever nonstop service between Ft. Myers and Detroit.
Overall, our February schedule increases daily departures on both the AirTran and the Southwest networks by about six percent, primarily in winter-oriented markets. For greater detail, you can always check the schedule in your favorite market(s) at southwest.com. Happy booking—and have a great week!