Happy Monday! Got a Spring Break trip you (or your friends or family) have been wanting to plan? We’ve now got you covered—Southwest’s schedule is now available for reservations out through April 6, 2015.
The schedule is, as usual, fully reoptimized based on expected weather-related, block time variations and includes lots of capacity changes to handle the SBS (“Spring Break Surge”), but it also adheres to the ontime performance-related changes we’ve been implementing over the past several months. Here are the details:
This schedule contains almost ten percent more weekday departures compared to January 2015—so March vacationers, we have got you COVERED. Over 3,700 weekday departures are planned for the March base schedule—once again, more than any other single airline, not just in America, but in the world. And the vast majority of the market frequency changes are plus side, which you would expect transitioning from January/February to March. In fact, out of over 1,200 nonstop markets served, we’re increasing service in 320 of them. No permanent new nonstop markets are included in this schedule extension, although a couple of interesting new seasonal markets are included—Dallas/Love to Panama City on Saturdays, as well as first-ever New Orleans-San Antonio service. You’ll notice that many of the new nonstop market additions only operate on Saturdays. We all know traffic patterns are different on the weekends than they are during the week, and we’re taking greater advantage of our ability to react to it!
Four nonstop markets will be permanently eliminated. Nonstop service between Albuquerque and Seattle/Tacoma will end, after nearly 16 years of operation. Of course, we will continue to offer many options to Seattle/Tacoma via Denver, Las Vegas, and other connection points. We will also eliminate nonstop service between Atlanta and three airports: San Juan, Aruba, and Montego Bay. Those three Caribbean markets will keep other nonstop service to the U.S. Mainland, so connectivity to the rest of the Southwest network should be the same, as we focus on fine-tuning an Atlanta schedule that serves both our local and connecting Customers.
Where are you jetting off this Spring Break? Let us know by commenting below.