Overall, Southwest and AirTran combined will offer about 3,470 daily weekday departures for the January/February schedule, down about five percent from the November/Holiday Season schedule, and very much in line with historical levels. For January we’ve completely re-optimized the schedule to adjust flying times for winter winds, schedule structure for winter operations, ensure network connectivity, account for 737-800 deliveries, and a host of other things. In other words—Network Planning has been hard at work!
In this schedule release there are no new nonstop markets or cities, but we will bring three seasonal nonstop markets back: Ft. Myers-Nashville and Ft. Lauderdale-Phoenix, each with roundtrip daily service, and we’ll bring back Dayton-Tampa Bay nonstops on Saturdays only. All of this will be on Southwest. Continuing our individual nonstop market conversion, we’ll convert twelve nonstop markets from AirTran service to Southwest. We’ll also convert six previously shared nonstop markets to all Southwest service, while shifting one shared nonstop market to all AirTran. Four markets that are currently all-AirTran will become shared markets with Southwest—continuing the integration of our networks and expanding Southwest’s footprint in Atlanta.
Two nonstop markets will be permanently eliminated—St. Louis-Birmingham and St. Louis-Louisville, although we’ll keep connecting service in both. Also eliminated to be eliminated are six Southwest seasonal markets, as well as AirTran’s seasonal San Antonio-Cancun, Mexico service.
As always, happy booking and have a FANTASTIC week, everyone!