Southwest Airlines is more than doubling the number of flights it operates from Washington Reagan National Airport this summer, launching seven new routes and...

Southwest Airlines is more than doubling the number of flights it operates from Washington Reagan National Airport (IATA code DCA) this summer, launching seven new routes and additional connecting itineraries.

“By year’s end, we’ll offer 44 daily departures to 14 destinations from Reagan National Airport,” said Ron Ricks, Southwest Airlines’ executive vice president and chief legal & regulatory officer. “We’ve been interested in expanding at Washington National for a long time.”


While the Boeing 737-700 is the mainstay of the Southwest Airlines fleet – the carrier and its subsidiary AirTran Airways operating and holding orders and other purchase rights for nearly 700 – Southwest also operates many Boeing 737-300s and 737-800s. Southwest also has a large number of additional Boeing 737-800s and 737 MAX 8s on order

While the Boeing 737-700 is the mainstay of the Southwest Airlines fleet – the carrier and its subsidiary AirTran Airways operating and holding orders and other purchase rights for nearly 700 – Southwest also operates many Boeing 737-300s and 737-800s. Southwest also has a large number of additional Boeing 737-800s and 737 MAX 8s on order

 

The new services, made possible by American Airlines’ and US Airways’ recent divestiture of take-off and landing slots at Washington Reagan National Airport, begin with introductory one-way fares from $84 for travel every day except Fridays and Sundays.

On August 10, Southwest Airlines will operate six daily round-trips between DCA and Chicago Midway Airport, with introductory one-way fares from $119; three daily DCA-Nashville round-trips, with introductory one-way fares from $129; and two daily DCA-New Orleans round-trips, with introductory one-way fares from $129.

Beginning September 30, Southwest will operate two daily DCA-Tampa round-trips, with introductory one-way fares from $84; and three additional daily DCA-Chicago Midway round-trips, for a total of nine daily round-trips.

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 is photographed departing Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on February 12, 2012, the day Southwest began flying from the world's busiest airport

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 is photographed departing Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on February 12, 2012, the day Southwest began flying from the world’s busiest airport

 

This expanded pattern of service to Midway will also enable Southwest to provide one-stop and connecting flights throughout the day between DCA and more than 40 other cities across the United States, according to Southwest Airlines.

On November 2, Southwest will add new routes between Washington Reagan National Airport and Akron-Canton, Dallas Love Field and Indianapolis. The carrier will also add more DCA-Houston Hobby flights and more flights between DCA and St. Louis.

The carrier says it will publish its November schedules in mid-May, allowing customers to book these DCA flights and previously announced new non-stop options for its Dallas Love Field customers.

Southwest has also announced other new pr additional services linking other U.S. cities. On June 8, it will begin operating a third daily round-trip between St. Louis and Los Angeles.

On December 13, 2011, Southwest Airlines placed a firm order for 150 Boeing 737 MAX jets and 58 additional 737NGs, officially becoming the launch customer for the 737 MAX family. Southwest also optioned 150 additional 737 MAX aircraft in the deal, which Boeing labeled as its biggest-ever in terms of dollar value and numbers of aircraft

On December 13, 2011, Southwest Airlines placed a firm order for 150 Boeing 737 MAX jets and 58 additional 737NGs, officially becoming the launch customer for the 737 MAX family. Southwest also optioned 150 additional 737 MAX aircraft in the deal, which Boeing labeled at the time as its biggest-ever in terms of dollar value and numbers of aircraft

 

On June 9 Southwest will launch daily service between Los Angeles and Omaha, operating a daily round-trip with introductory one-way fares from $159.

Then, on June 14, Southwest will start offering a Saturdays-only round-trip between Boise and Los Angeles.

On September 30, Southwest will begin operating a daily round-trip between St. Louis and San Francisco, with introductory one-way fares from $119.

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