Southwest’s schedule is really “out there!” Today we’re putting our schedule out for sale from August 13th through September 30th which (obviously!) includes the Labor Day Holiday period.

This schedule’s design reflects the annual, seasonal shift from what we expect to be a really busy spring and a WAY busy summer into a slightly more normal ‘bucolic’ fall. Compared to the summer ’11 schedule, we’re going from a June/July peak of 3,484 daily departures to a slightly lower 3,310 daily nonstops. We’re following the expected seasonal softening of demand by reducing 91 roundtrip flights spread throughout the network. Our flying fleet remains essentially flat, and we end seasonal nonstops in three roundtrip markets—Baltimore/Washington-Seattle/Tacoma, Nashville-Providence, and Kansas City-Ft. Lauderdale. Besides those three markets, we’ll slightly reduce frequency in 83 other roundtrip markets, with no markets experiencing a reduction of more than 2 roundtrip nonstops.

The good news is that we’re adding a brand new nonstop market, Denver-Burbank, with two weekday nonstops! This marks the fifth of our Southern California airports that we’ve linked with nonstop service to our Mile High Powerhouse. We’re also shifting one of our eight weekday Denver-LAX flights to Orange County, which will give us four daily John Wayne-Denver roundtrips. At Chicago/Midway we’re also adding a seventh roundtrip between Chicago/Midway and Philadelphia. All the nitty-gritty details are in the attached .PDF file, and I will be watching to respond to comments.

Happy booking, folksl There are fun, cool, and interesting things in the future!


  1. Hi!! I need to book flights November 3-10 & have been looking for the schedule to open up. Any idea when I should expect this?
    So far only a few airlines offer these dates. I am leery to book with “D—-” now b/c I LOVE Southwest and hope I can find the best price and schedule with YOU!
    Any advice on how long I should wait would be great!!!!

  2. When will you be flying into Portland Maine? I keep searching for this info. Everytime I fly back home (Maine) If I take SouthWest, I fly into Manchester, NH and drive the rest of the way – not much fun. Most of the time, I just take Delta because overall it’s cheaper (than renting a car and driving). So – please hurry and fly to maine! :)