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S.O.S: Save our (nonstop) Service

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KC to DC: More Competition, Lower Fares, Larger Planes and a Lot of LUV Southwest Airlines wants to show you the way to DCA!  But, we need your help saving our MCI-DCA nonstop! On March 25, Southwest Airlines will file an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to continue operating the only daily, low-fare, large-jet nonstop service between Kansas City International Airport (MCI) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). We need your help to keep this flight, which could go to another airline and another market. How can you help? Please join the growing list of travelers who support our application by adding your name to the online petition at!  The petition process is short and simple (less than two minutes!) and will send a loud and unified message to the DOT.  Help us respectfully urge the DOT to approve Southwest's application to serve the KCI-DCA market on a permanent basis. Background After Frontier Airlines ceased nonstop MCI-DCA service in January 2014, Southwest stepped in, per DOT’s approval, to assume this important flight. Specifically, DOT granted Southwest temporary use of two “slot exemptions” at DCA, until it could begin a formal proceeding to reallocate these slot exemptions permanently.  Without Southwest’s entry into this market, MCI-DCA consumers would have been left with monopoly, small-plane service (i.e., three regional jet flights by US Airways). It is significant that Southwest's one daily nonstop flight – operated with a 143-seat Boeing 737—represents nearly 50 percent of the daily seats along this nonstop route, which underscores how underserved the MCI-DCA market would be if Southwest is unable to retain this flight. The MCI-DCA market is of the size and importance where a low-fare option is particularly critical for local consumers. Moreover, as MCI's largest airline, Southwest provides important one-stop and connecting options for DCA-bound Passengers from other parts of the United States. Let’s us show you the way to DCA with More Competition, Lower Fares, Larger Planes and a Whole Lot of LUV!  Take action now!