Ah, summertime. Three things are guaranteed each summer: one, HEAT! Two,full flights. And three, Network Planning publishes the January schedule. That happened this morning, extending our schedule out through March 6, 2019.
Some interesting changes to our schedule always await as we move from the holiday season schedule into the heart of winter of the new year, and this one’s no exception. Let’s discuss!
As always, this is a re-optimized schedule, and as our unique optimization system is improved and enhanced, it allows us to implement significant changes to our network. This in turn enables Southwest to better utilize our assets and serve our Customers. A few notable call-outs are:
New nonstop service daily to:
Ft. Myers/Naples (RSW)
Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)
Panama City Beach (ECP)
Increased service to eight existing destinations nonstop from Dallas (DAL)
Replacing Newark (EWR)to Indianapolis (IND) nonstop flights with returning Newark (EWR) to Nashville (BNA) service
Returning seasonal, Saturday or Sunday service to six destinations
The seasonal additions to Ft. Myers and the rest of Florida reflect an interesting and long-standing pattern. For decades, the annual “snowbird” migration has allowed people to escape the cold of Northern winters for Florida’s warm winters and sunshine. It’s interesting to note that our seasonal additions to the January and February schedules may help to facilitate this common winter migratory pattern!
With these changes to our winter schedule, we look forward to the upcoming opportunities to connect our Customers to what’s important in their lives in 2019.
As always, if you have questions, please leave a comment and we’ll respond. Have a great weekend, everyone!