Happy first Thursday of a new month! I know it can’t be just me who feels like 2021 has been flying by right before our eyes. As we shift into warmer months, our schedule is also shifting from a spring footprint to its heftier summer footprint.
Today, we launch our first flights to and from the ever-popular vacation destination of Destin-Fort Walton Beach (VPS). We’ll serve three daily nonstop trips to Nashville (BNA), two daily nonstop trips to Dallas (Love Field) (DAL) on Thursday through Monday, one daily nonstop to DAL on Tuesday/Wednesday, and one daily nonstop to Baltimore/Washington (BWI).
Florida has always been a top destination for Southwest Customers. Now with eleven Florida destinations, Customers have nearly endless opportunities when it comes to what beach to visit next. Some people may have even missed out on taking that vacation to the beach last year with everything 2020 had to throw our way. Southwest Airlines has always LUVed being a vital component in Customers’ vacations – flying people where they want to go, when they want to go, in a timely manner with which driving simply can’t compete. We’re excited and ready to bring people back to where they want to be (and wanted to be this time last year)!
Our network plans to support even more Customer vacation plans this summer with additional cities launching service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach (VPS). Customers can soon flock to the emerald waters and white sands in VPS with weekend service from Houston (Hobby) (HOU), Kansas City (MCI), Milwaukee (MKE), and St. Louis (STL), with daily service from Chicago (Midway) (MDW). Until then we can celebrate a great start to Destin-Fort Walton Beach (VPS).
Now that bags fly free® has finally landed in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, make sure to tell your friends and family and hurry to Southwest.com to book our latest vacation destination!
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Southwest Airlines is excited to wave hello to one of our newest cities, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MYR). If you are excited to see what the waves have to offer on the East Coast, you’ll want to continue reading. If you are tired of my wave jokes, you too can continue reading since I’m all out of wave puns.
Today, Southwest published flights to Myrtle Beach, S.C. starting on May 23, 2021, with nonstop service to Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Chicago (Midway), and Nashville. The next group of markets to land in Myrtle Beach includes Dallas (Love Field) and Pittsburgh on May 29, 2021. Then on June 6, 2021, service begins to Atlanta, Columbus, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Miss, and St. Louis. We’re excited to connect so many existing cities to our newest beach destination. Tell your friends to pack their bags and golf bags (did you know golf bags fly free*), and get ready to head to Myrtle Beach! Hurry and book at Southwest.com !
Next up we have new destinations for the Texas state capital! Taking flight on June 6, 2021, is new service from Austin to Burbank, Miami, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Orange County, including weekend-only service to Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Additionally, Austin service to Sacramento is returning beginning May 9, 2021, after a brief hiatus in the spring. This brings nonstop service to a record of 37 destinations, further emphasizing our title as the largest carrier in Austin. We are happy to offer a lot of options in this mix for our Customers to take advantage of this summer! These flights are now available to be booked at Southwest.com!
Lastly, we are adding some weekend-only service to our first Montana destination, Bozeman/Yellowstone (BZN). Effective June 6, 2021, Customers can fly nonstop to Bozeman/Yellowstone from Dallas (Love Field), Chicago (Midway), and Phoenix, both operating one roundtrip on both Saturday and Sunday. These trips are taking off just in time to experience great weather visiting some of the most beloved national parks in the U.S.
Be sure to tell your friends about all the exciting news with this new schedule.
*Golf bags fly free as one of two checked pieces of baggage offered to every Southwest Customer (weight and size limitations apply). First and second checked bags fly free (weight and size limitations apply).
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Southwest Airlines’ spring and summer schedule is ready for takeoff; bringing Customers new airports and new nonstop routes, with fares as low as $29 one-way!
In mid-October, we announced our intent to return to both George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas (IAH) and Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in Jackson, Mississippi (JAN). Today, we’re excited to say that you’ll start seeing our Boeing-737s starting in 2021.
George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas
Nearly 50 years after beginning service, Southwest will return to the airport it first served in Houston, Texas, George Bush Intercontinental in April 2021. This additional service at the city’s north side airport will complement Southwest’s longtime Houston operation at William P. Hobby Airport.
Starting April 12, 2021, Southwest Customers will be able to fly between Houston (Bush) and five destinations nonstop: Chicago (Midway), Dallas (Love Field), Denver, Nashville, and New Orleans. These new flights are available for purchase now at Southwest.com.
Southwest first-served Houston through Houston (Bush), a point in the iconic “Texas Triangle” of original airports linked together on the first day of its operation, June 18, 1971. Southwest served Houston (Bush) until 1972 and again between 1980 and 2005.
Since landing in Houston, the airline has grown to become one of the largest employers in the city, employing nearly 4,000 People. Additionally, the carrier has also grown to become Hobby Airport’s largest airline, offering up to 161 flights a day to nearly 70 destinations across the United States, Caribbean, and Latin America.
Hurry and book your next trip to Houston now on Southwest.com!
Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in Jackson, Mississippi
Also returning to the Southwest map in 2021 is Jackson, MS, with service beginning June 6, 2021. Southwest previously served Jackson from 1997 to 2014.
Southwest will serve Mississippi for Customers across the country through three nonstop routes to and from Jackson, MS: Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington (BWI), and Houston (Hobby). This service is also available for purchase now at Southwest.com.
More Dots, Fun Spots!
As you can see, our Network Planning team has been hard at work constantly evaluating new travel opportunities for our Customers to enjoy. We will continue to connect you, our Customers, to the People and places that are important in your lives. When we’re not adding new cities to our network, we’re searching for areas to expand and improve our operations and service. That being said, we’re excited to continue growing in Long Beach, CA by almost doubling our daily departures on most days of the week.
Starting March 11, 2021, we’re adding daily service from Long Beach (LGB) to Houston (Hobby), Chicago (Midway), St. Louis, Reno/Tahoe, and Dallas (Love Field)! This growth allows for better travel opportunities and is available for sale at Southwest.com.
New Flights to International Sites
Time to dust off your passport! Southwest will resume daily nonstop service on March 11, 2021, between Houston (Hobby) and Cozumel, Mexico, and between both Houston (Hobby) and Chicago (Midway) and Montego Bay, Jamaica, and weekly service on Saturdays between both Columbus, Ohio and San Antonio and Cancun.
In March 2021, we will add a third destination in Mexico nonstop from our newest international gateway in Phoenix. Effective March 12, 2021, Southwest will offer once-daily nonstop service between Phoenix and Cancun, joining our existing service from Phoenix to both Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta. Be sure to book your next flight to one of these new sites on Southwest.com.
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While we’re starting to nail down our Halloween costumes, it’s never too soon to start thinking about those spring vacations you deserve. Today, Southwest schedules were extended through June 8, 2019, giving us the opportunity to start planning for a long Memorial Day weekend! Let’s take a look at what we have in store.
One of my favorite vacation spots–the Florida panhandle–is seeing the return of seasonal flying to Pensacola with daily nonstop service from Dallas/Love Field and Saturday-only service from Kansas City. Grab your sunscreen and flip-flops and get ready to feel the relaxing, powdery sand between your toes!
Speaking of beaches, international excitement continues into April with Saturday-only nonstop service to Cancún returning from New Orleans.
On what some call the Best Coast, I mean, West Coast, we continue to add more LUV to California with NEW Sunday nonstop service linking San Jose with El Paso. With this new addition, we will hit an exciting milestone at San Jose with 100 departures Monday through Friday! Also returning to San Jose in April are Saturday departures from New Orleans.
Don’t forget–our new October routes are about to take flight! In a few days, we’ll be able to fly nonstop between Nashville and Oklahoma City. From Houston Hobby, our daily flights to Louisville and Columbus will make their debut. Lastly, from Denver we’ll be able to fly nonstop to El Paso and Memphis.
As the weather starts to cool down for fall, our April schedule will start to sound more enticing. Being from Dallas, I know I won’t need to pull out my winter gear for at least a few more weeks, but that won’t stop me from dreaming about what beaches to visit to escape the coming “cold” weather here in Texas!
As with every schedule release, you will see additional capacity adjustments throughout the network reflected in the summary below. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to post below. Happy booking!
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