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U.S. Department of Transportation awards Southwest HOU – DCA Slots

Explorer C

I am pleased to announce the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded Southwest Airlines two slot exemptions (one daily roundtrip) to operate new service from Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport to Reagan National creating the only nonstop service between DCA and HOU! 

Southwest Airlines’ DCA – HOU slot application garnered nationwide, grassroots attention from Employees, Customers, and Community Leaders creating a groundswell of support for the application!  The grassroots campaign, “Red, White & HOU” became the rally cry of Southwest Airlines supporters who took action by calling and writing the Department of Transportation.  Over 10,000 advocates took action on our advocacy page by signing the Citizens' Petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of Southwest’s application for HOU-DCA service.

In addition, Civic and Community Leaders wrote on behalf of Southwest citing the economic impact, increased competition in the markets, and travel options for the tens of thousands consumers flying between HOU and DCA annually.

Thank you to all who voiced their support of the Southwest Airlines’ DCA – HOU slot application.  This was truly a labor of LUV and shows that when we are unified, our voice is strong and our efforts take flight!

The DOT’s decision, carrier proposals and other documents in the case are available, docket DOT-OST-2000-7182.