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Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways Open Flight Schedules through Nov. 2, 2012; Southwest Launches Fare Sale Between Detroit and Las Vegas

DALLAS—Feb. 20, 2012—Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and its wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways announced today new nonstop routes as they extend their flight schedules for travel bookings out through Nov. 2, 2012. Southwest announced new nonstop service between Detroit and Las Vegas and AirTran announced new nonstop service between Des Moines and Chicago Midway.  In addition, Southwest will now operate two daily nonstop flights between Atlanta and San Francisco as it transitions this route from an AirTran-operated city pair to one operated by Southwest. Southwest also will initiate one daily nonstop flight between Atlanta and Orlando, with AirTran continuing its nine daily flights between these cities. To view a blog post about the new service, please visit To book flights, please visit: or

“Southwest and AirTran are continuing to make schedule additions and adjustments to provide the best flight schedule possible for Customers,” said Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer and AirTran Airways President. “We are looking for ways to maximize our fleet, our operations, and our low fares to give Customers more options when traveling.”

To celebrate the new route between Detroit and Las Vegas, Southwest launched a $99 one-way fare sale for this route. Customers can purchase the low fares today through Feb. 27, 2012, for travel between Sept. 30, 2012, and Nov. 2, 2012 (see Fare Rules below). In addition to low fares, Southwest Airlines allows Customers to check two bags for free (weight and size limits apply) and doesn’t charge a fee to change a ticket. To take advantage of the fare sale, please visit:

About Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other low-fare carriers—offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service. Southwest Airlines is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. Southwest serves 73 cities in 38 states and is one of the most honored airlines in the world known for its commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet. To read more about how Southwest is doing its part to be a good citizen, visit to read the Southwest Airlines One Report(TM). Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,200 flights a day and has more than 37,000 Employees systemwide.

About AirTran Airways

AirTran Airways, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co., has been ranked the top airline in the Airline Quality Rating study twice in the past four years. AirTran offers Gogo Inflight Internet Connectivity and coast-to-coast service on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet. The airline's low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating and Business Class. To book a flight, visit

Fare Rules

Sale fares are available only on or One-way fares can be purchased from Feb. 20, 2012, through Feb. 27, 2012, 11:59 pm PT, for travel between Sept. 30, 2012, and Nov. 2, 2012. Displayed prices are inclusive of all government taxes and fees. Seats are limited. Fares may vary by destinations, flight, and day of week and won't be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times and holiday periods. Fares are available for one-way travel. Fares may be combined with other combinable fares. Fares are not combinable with Senior Fares. When combining fares, all rules and restrictions apply. Fares are nonrefundable but may be applied toward future travel on Southwest Airlines. Fares are not available through the Group Desk. Any change in itinerary may result in an increase in fare. Standby travel requires an upgrade to the Anytime fare. Fares are subject to change until ticketed. Offer applies to published, scheduled service only.