Big things are happening with Southwest Airlines! In the first ten months of 2020, Southwest announced plans to serve nine new destinations throughout the United States, giving Customers more access to Southwest than ever before. In fact, many of these new destinations are actually home to loyal Southwest travelers, so this will bring their preferred airline to the airport closest to where they live.
Today, Southwest is pleased to announce that you can start booking travel to and from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) beginning Feb. 14, 2021, and Colorado Springs (COS) beginning March 11, 2021. These two join new service to Palm Springs (PSP) and Miami (MIA), which begin on Nov. 15, and Steamboat Springs (Hayden) and Montrose (Telluride), Colorado, which take off on Dec. 19.
Schedules for Houston George Bush Intercontinental, Savannah, Georgia, and Jackson, Mississippi will be released at a later day, but service is anticipated to begin in the first half of 2021.
Chicago (O’Hare), IL – ORD
Southwest launched Chicago service in 1985 at Chicago Midway (MDW). Since then, Southwest has grown to become the largest (and most loved) airline serving Midway. We’re excited to continue that legacy of love by expanding our footprint to Chicago O’Hare starting this Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14, 2021). Southwest will offer 20 daily departures from O’Hare, with fares as low as $39 one-way! Book now on Southwest.com. O’Hare’s schedule will complement our Midway service, giving travelers more options to get to and from the Chicagoland.
Colorado Springs, CO – COS
Our Colorado Customers have asked and we are excited to deliver! In less than 15 years, Southwest has grown to be one of the largest airlines in Colorado, and in March 2021 we will be adding service to our fourth Colorado destination.
Colorado Springs, home to the Air Force Academy and U.S. Olympic Training Center, is the second largest city in Colorado, and 39th largest city in the U.S. (landing just behind Kansas City). This new service links the Pikes Peak region nonstop with up to 13 flights a day to destinations across Southwest’s growing network.
Get ready to explore the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains with fares starting as low as $29 one-way. Colorado Springs—ranked thirteenth on The New York Times list of 52 Places to Go in 2020—provides convenient access to the U.S. Olympics and Paralympics Museum, Pikes Peak, and Garden of the Gods. Book now on Southwest.com.
Be sure to keep up with Southwest for more exciting news!
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People associate a number of emotions with travel; however, adrenaline isn’t typically one of those emotions—unless you’re a Southwest Airlines Intern! On Friday mornings, before I leave for work, I always pack a backpack with the essentials for travel: a swimsuit, my passport, hiking shoes, and a rain jacket. One thing I don’t have? A boarding pass or a destination! One of the great privileges of being an Intern at Southwest is unlimited space-available travel. If there is a seat available on a Southwest flight, it is open to any Southwest Employee, including Cargo Sales Interns like me. With this privilege comes a major requirement: a go-with-the-flow attitude and a passion for exploration.
This summer, I’ve been fortunate to spend the majority of my weekends traveling with my fellow Interns. As July is Parks and Recreation Month, we’ve been especially focused on exploring as much of America’s open space and natural wonder as possible. Earlier this month, our enthusiasm for the great outdoors took us to Phoenix, where we rented a car and began our journey through the state. The first stop on our road trip was Antelope Canyon, located in a Navajo Tribal Park near Page, Arizona. The canyon itself has been carved in sandstone by thousands of years of wind and water erosion. The first room in the canyon is spacious and peaceful; the space is bathed in a soft orange light and individual particles of dust are illuminated in the calm air. As we walked, the canyon progressively became more challenging to navigate as we weaved our way through the undulating red sandstone. I think I audibly said “wow” more than a hundred times during our hour-long tour.
After reflecting on our experience in Antelope Canyon, we made the short drive to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to visit Horseshoe Bend, one of the Colorado River’s enormous incised meanders. Nothing can truly convey the scale of Horseshoe Bend: staring into the vast canyon is almost like peering off the top of a skyscraper, but the view feels slow and solid. As I look through my photos from that day, I’m reminded of the frustration I felt at trying to get the entire view into one small square.
We ended our day at the Grand Canyon, pulling into the visitor’s center just as the sun was beginning to set. We’re a pretty chatty bunch, but once we approached the canyon, our group became noticeably quieter. We found comfortable rocks to sit on and quietly watched the sun set over Arizona.
Travel is an incredible part of the Southwest internship experience, but it‘s by no means the best—coming back to work on Monday after a weekend of exploring the country is almost as exciting as beginning a trip on a Friday afternoon. In my time at Southwest, I’ve learned that I love this Company because of the People and our Purpose. As an Intern, I get to complete meaningful work alongside my Cohearts, while bringing our Customers closer to what they love every day.
If this piques your interest in Southwest’s internship program, check out careers.southwestair.com/campus-reach for more information. Applications for spring 2019 internships will be posted on careers.southwestair.com from September 1-14.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation, and conservation. As a national partner of Southwest Airlines, their work draws national focus to the far-reaching impact of successes generated at the local level. Leveraging their role in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity to improve their communities, NRPA’s members of park and recreation professionals and advocates are 60,000 strong and represent public spaces in urban communities, rural settings, and everything in between.
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