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Frequent Flyer C
Carrier Selects Charleston and Greenville-Spartanburg--No Subsidies Required


May 11, 2010--Southwest Airlines today announced its intent to serve the state of South Carolina—without subsidies—through the cities of Charleston (CHS) and Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP) in 2011. Southwest will release details regarding start dates, destinations and fares, and number of departures at a later date.  The airline’s service will not be dependent on pending legislation to provide air service subsidies. For more information about Southwest Airlines, click here.


“We look forward to serving the Palmetto State with Southwest Airlines’ unique brand of genuine hospitality, great value, a robust and reliable flight network, and our terrific Employees who deliver excellent Customer Service,” said Dave Ridley, Southwest’s senior vice president of marketing and revenue management.


Southwest reported a profitable start to the year with its First Quarter 2010 financial results last month. At that time, Southwest said overall demand for its Low Fares and high quality Customer Service remained strong, resulting in a record first quarter performance for load factor, passenger yield, operating unit revenue, and passenger revenues.  Southwest attributed the notable performance to its network optimization and revenue management efforts, which also have allowed it to grow in destinations without growing its fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft. The carrier intends to continue that growth strategy in 2011, keeping its capacity relatively flat with 2010.




After 38 years of service, Southwest Airlines, the nation’s leading low-fare carrier where bags fly free, continues to stand above other airlines—offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service. Southwest Airlines is the most productive airline in the sky and offers Customers a comfortable traveling experience with all premium leather seats and plenty of legroom. Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) currently serves 68 cities in 35 states and is the largest U.S. carrier, based on domestic passengers carried. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,200 flights a day and has more than 35,000 Employees systemwide.

Explorer C
OMG!!! I think I just died and went to heaven! This day is holding to much GREAT NEWS! Greenville SC, Atlanta, Memphis, and my SWA stock just jumped! Pinch me cause it's to good to be true!
Explorer C
Am a Platinum Medallion flyer with another airline currently serving Charleston, SC. Have heard glowing comments about your airline for years from colleagues; have signed up for a SW Frequent Flyer Number. Welcome to Charleston.
Explorer C
It's great to hear SWA will be flying to Charleston SC! I just flew to Raleigh-Durham but went to Conway, SC and that's the most frugal flight with the 2 free bags is fantastic! Also, the customer service at all levels; phone center, skycaps, airline attendants, etc. were all friendly and happy to work there is the impression I got! :) Also, SWA website is really user-friendly and I like the set up of it! You guys are great! Thank you!
Explorer C
I was so excited to hear the news you picked GSP. My entire family lives in Miami Fl and I hate that I have to travel to ATL to find a cheaper flight.
Explorer C
awesome that you are expanding BUT when will you be flying in/out of Charlotte (CLT)???? we have no choice but to use us air....give us a choice, thanks
Explorer C
Any new info regarding flying into Charleston, SC.. I had heard 3/11? But I see that schedule is already up and no Charleston.
Adventurer A
Hi Anon- Stay tuned, we plan on announcing destinations and fares for CHS and GSP later this fall, so stay tuned. We'll share that info here! - Laurel
Explorer C
I need the service to Charleston to start this December 2010!!! Why wait!!!!
Explorer C
I love the idea of SW flying into Charleston!!! I am tired of always flying into Dallas FW and or Atlanta and running like hell to catch the next flight out or haveing to stay overnight in Dallas because the flight was cancelled for no reason.
Explorer C
I can't wait for the Greenville SC and Charleston SC flights to open up! I'm assuming they'll all have connectors in BWI from PVD, but I can live with that. Any chance the flights will be running by May?
Explorer C
My husband and I live in Tacoma, WA and travel yearly to Clemson to visit my family. Loving that we can now afford to fly into GSP! No more ATL/CLT for us. Thanks, SWA.
Explorer C
Great news. Thank you SWA! You truly are the best...too bad I have to fly to SC next week and it won't be on SWA...yet. Keep up the good work.
Explorer C
I hope Southwest will consider direct flights from Greenville and Charleston to Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. Many people from SC travel to that area and there is a tremendous need for direct flights. Currently, there are NO direct flights from anywhere in the SC area to Marsh Harbour.
Explorer C
Please have a nashville to charleston flight. There is huge demand there!
Explorer C
would love for you you to service Lake Charles, Louisiana.. Closest place I have to drive is in Texas about 2 hrs from where I live...
Explorer C
Please make a 2011 trip or 2012 trip to Hawaii-once in a lifetime-want to do it on Southwest.
Explorer C
Waiting, so I can book LGA to CHS!! Hurry, Hurry!!
Explorer C
I have only one thing to say... Long Island to Myrtle Beach!
Explorer C
We are anxiously awaiting for nonstop flights to Chicago-Midway and other destinations from Grand Rapids, MI (GRR). Any talk about coming to GRR? We would love to have you here at our newly renovated airport with new jetways and parking structures. Looks beautiful! We lived out in Arizona for a couple years and fell in love with Southwest Airlines. We would like to travel with you again soon! Gene Nardin Wyoming, MI
Explorer C
Explorer C
We need you at ILM! New Hanover County is a great market and you only service the triangle. Your fans on the coast are in need of your presence or Myrtle Beach if the ILM doesn't work! Please comment on the possibility. Thanks. Riley
Explorer C
Can you PLEASE tell us when you will start service to Myrtle Beach and will I be able to fly there from New Orleans? Many Thanks!!!
Explorer C
I need SW in Savannah, Ga!
Explorer C
I was told on a Southwest flight earlier this year that Southwest would offer direct flights from Denver to Greenville/Spartanburg and Charleston. I see that flights are available from Denver to Greenville Spartanburg beginning March 13, 2011, but they are not direct - they have connections. When should we expect the direct flights to begin?
Explorer C
I vote for Billings, Montana as well ... or how about Cody, Wyoming ...gateway to Yellowstone Nat'l Park ...great vacation area.
Explorer C
Great news! Any idea when the new service from GSP will start?
Explorer C
We live in Gibsonville NC. We fly Southwest everytime we fly to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Pa. It is the best airline by far. We would like to see you come to Greensboro (GSO) because it would be a much shorter drive to the airport.
Explorer C
Explorer B

Its a shame that there is NOTHING that flies into the Great Parks of the Dakotas, Wyoming or Montana.  There MUST be a market for Jackson Hole or Rapid City?  Denver is as close as u come...

FlyOver States are IMPORTANT, too.