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.”
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.
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 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.