As Southwest Airlines has mentioned in previous blog posts, our Network Planning Team is constantly evaluating new travel opportunities for our Customers to enjoy. Today, we are excited to add more dots to our network, available to be purchased on Southwest.com. Let’s dig into these exciting additions to the network!
First, as shared last week, Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ) will become our tenth destination in the Sunshine State. We are thrilled to announce that service at SRQ will begin on Feb. 14, 2021, with four destinations available nonstop: Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Chicago Midway (MDW), Houston Hobby (HOU), and Nashville (BNA). These four cities give Customers across the country access to experience everything this region of Gulf Coastal Florida has to offer. Having spent several childhood vacations in the area, I personally can recommend a visit to Siesta Key. The powder white sand beaches are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen in the world! Book now on Southwest.com.
You might be surprised to learn that Savannah, GA is the largest market in the Continental U.S. not currently served by Southwest. This will change on March 11, 2021, when Southwest begins service to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV)! The initial SAV schedule will link the Hostess City of the South with service to Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Chicago (Midway), Dallas Love Field (DAL), Houston Hobby (HOU), and Nashville (BNA), well-timed for Customers traveling nonstop from these five destinations, and ensuring the flights connect to a large majority of our network. Customers from across the country will experience our legendary Hospitality while traveling to the area known for its southern hospitality and southern cuisine. My stomach is already starting to growl just thinking about the amazing food scene there! Book now on Southwest.com.
International from Orange County (SNA)
You might want to dust off your passport for the third exciting development that was published today. Effective March 11, 2021, we will resume international service from Orange County (SNA)! Daily year-round service to both Los Cabos (SJD) and Puerto Vallarta (PVR) make for a tough choice, but you can’t go wrong choosing between these two amazing beach destinations! Southwest suspended International service from the airport in January, and we are excited to bring these immensely popular flights back to the schedule. Book now on Southwest.com.
Long Beach (LGB) is going to Honolulu!
Another exciting development for the Los Angeles Basin comes with the addition of our fifth gateway to the Hawaiian Islands: Long Beach (LGB)! Nonstop service to and from Honolulu (HNL) also begins on March 11, 2021, just in time for Spring Break! Book now on Southwest.com.
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With kids across the country heading back to school, it may be tough to start thinking about Spring Break; although, we know you’re already planning ahead. Now that Southwest’s schedule has been extended through April 7, 2019, it’s time to get a head start on those plans! Grab some sunscreen (and your passport!) and let’s dig into some of the exciting changes next spring. Although it’s one of the newer international gateways, it’s clear that St. Louis Customers love our flights to Cancún. We’re thrilled to announce that we‘re making it even easier for them to collect additional passport stamps with new seasonal Saturday nonstops to both Montego Bay and Punta Cana (both routes subject to government approvals). These two new destinations will join our existing year-round service to Cancún. Speaking of Cancún, Milwaukee will once again see nonstop service on Saturdays to Cancún after a brief hiatus. Pittsburgh, Raleigh, and San Antonio will also see the return of their seasonal Saturday service to Cancún. Having grown up in the Midwest, I can personally attest to the amount of vacations taken in March to try and thaw out after a brutally cold winter. Southwest is responding to this demand with some great additions to warmer destinations. Saturdays in March will be busier in the Buckeye State, where Cincinnati (yes, I do realize the airport is technically in Kentucky!) will be linked nonstop with Orlando. This new service is in addition to the seasonal return of Cincinnati-Phoenix nonstops. If skiing is your thing, don’t forget we just started daily Cincinnati-Denver nonstop service earlier this month. Meanwhile, in Cleveland, Customers will enjoy new seasonal Saturday nonstop service to Tampa Bay. We are also planning seasonal increases to several Florida cities from Chicago Midway, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and St. Louis. And don’t think we’ve forgotten about our home state of Texas—you will see a few new and returning markets in this schedule too. Dallas Customers will have a tough time choosing between beaches on the Gulf Coast and those on the Atlantic with Sunday only nonstops to both Harlingen and West Palm Beach. West Texas residents will also have an easier time getting to their favorite Southwest Spring Break destinations around the country with returning Sunday nonstop service from Lubbock to Houston Hobby. As always, this schedule contains several other capacity tweaks, which can be found below. Have a great Labor Day weekend … if you have any questions, just leave us a comment!
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When it comes to staying in the game, sometimes you have to get creative with your way of thinking. Here at Southwest, our Network Planning and Performance Team is staying on top of their skills by creating some incredible experiences for our Customers. This week, they announced the addition of several new nonstop flights between Seattle and Phoenix and Manchester and Boston and Phoenix for the big game in Phoenix next month.
But let’s take a step back. Before the flights were even available for sale, there was another group of football fanatics ready to hit the gridiron. They were the ones deciding how many flights to add, where to add them, and more importantly putting their own unique spin on the new schedule.
Take a look at some of the newly-added flight numbers below and guess the significance of the number. Don’t forget to let us know how you did in the comments!
New England's quarterback Tom Brady is #12
Seattle played their first game in 1976
Seattle's quarterback Russell Wilson is #3
Tom Brady was born in 1977
'728' spells PAT on a telephone dial pad
New England played their first game in 1960
137.6 dB noise registered at CenturyLink Field
To find your ride to the big game, visit Southwest.com.
photo: Stock image from 123RF.com
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