Southwest Airlines has given March 13, 2011 as the date on which it will begin service to and from Charleston International Airport and Greenville-Spartanburg...

Southwest Airlines has given March 13, 2011 as the date on which it will begin service to and from Charleston International Airport (CHS) and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP).

In Charleston, Southwest Airlines will operate seven daily nonstop flights to four destinations: three to Baltimore/Washington, two to Chicago Midway, one to Nashville, and one to Houston Hobby. Southwest Airlines will operate from gate B5 in Charleston’s main terminal.


In Greenville-Spartanburg, the airline will begin service with seven daily nonstop flights to five destinations: two to Baltimore/Washington, two to Chicago Midway, one to Nashville, one to Houston Hobby, and one to Orlando. Southwest Airlines will operate from gates A3 and A4 in Greenville-Spartanburg’s main terminal.

Southwest Airlines operates an all-Boeing 737 fleet and its 737 fleet is the largest in the world

To mark the addition of the two cities to its network, Southwest Airlines is offering a two-day fare sale at www.southwest.com/southcarolina. Through 11:59 p.m. PDT on Thursday, October 21, customers can find fares from $30 one-way (plus government taxes and fees) to any nonstop market to/from CHS and GSP for travel through April 6, 2011. When the $30 fare sale ends, customers will be able to book fares from $59 one-way (plus taxes and fees) for travel every day except Fridays and Sundays from March 14 through May 25, 2011.

In addition to the seven daily nonstop flights to/from these cities, Southwest Airlines’ new service will offer direct or connecting service to more than 60 destinations, among them Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas Love, Sacramento, and Salt Lake City.

“The arrival of Southwest Airlines will absolutely be a game changer for the entire Upstate,” says Dave Edwards, Greenville-Spartanburg Airport’s executive director. “Not only will passengers benefit from low fares and additional destinations, but we’ve already heard from those working in the area of economic development that they are getting calls from business and industry groups from around country that never would have considered the Upstate without Southwest Airlines.”

“Southwest Airlines’ announcement to bring new service and value pricing to Charleston International Airport is clearly welcome,” says Susan Stevens, director of airports for Charleston County Aviation Authority. “Southwest’s vast national network will be linked to the Charleston region and will offer both residents and visitors new options for travel to and from the Lowcountry.”

South Carolina will be the 36th state in Southwest’s network. Greenville-Spartanburg will be the carrier’s 70th city, and Charleston will be its 71st.