Southwest Airlines is launching daily service between Houston Hobby Airport and Washington Reagan National Airport on August 4.
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded slot exemptions for this service by selecting Southwest Airlines’ application over competing applications by other carriers to serve other cities from Washington Reagan National Airport.
Southwest Airlines initially will operate one daily round-trip between the two airports
To promote the new service, Southwest Airlines is offering $149 one-way fares between Houston Hobby Airport and Washington Reagan for bookings through May 24 at 11:59 p.m. in the respective time zone of the originating city.
Travel on the introductory fares is valid on non-stop services on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from August 4 through November 1, 2013.
Southwest notes the new route completes a triad of non-stop service options offered by the airline between Houston and metropolitan airports serving Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Fliers who are members of Southwest’s frequent flier program, Rapid Rewards, can earn double Rapid Rewards points on service between Houston Hobby and Boston-area airports (Boston Logan, Manchester, and Providence), as well as between Houston Hobby and New York LaGuardia for travel booked through Southwest Airlines and completed between June 16 and August 31, 2013.
Members need to register at http://www.southwest.com/rapidrewards/promotion?f=26j14f7o prior to travel to participate in this promotion. Fliers who are not yet Rapid Rewards Members may join at http://www.southwest.com/rapidrewards/promotion?f=26j14f7o.
Southwest has served Houston since June 18, 1971 and has more than 2,800 Houston-based employee. The carrier currently operates 153 daily departures from Houston Hobby Airport.
Earlier this year, the Houston City Council approved Southwest’s proposal to construct a new five-gate international facility at Houston Hobby Airport. New international service on Southwest Airlines from Houston Hobby to short-haul international destinations is scheduled to begin in 2015.