As the operational merger of AirTran Airways into Southwest Airlines continues, Southwest is taking over service from subsidiary AirTran at four more U.S. cities...

As the operational merger of AirTran Airways into Southwest Airlines continues, Southwest is taking over service from subsidiary AirTran at four more U.S. cities in the spring of 2013.

From April 14, Southwest Airlines will operate non-stop service from Charlotte, South Carolina to Baltimore/Washington, Chicago Midway, Houston Hobby Airport and Orlando.


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

 

Southwest service will also replace AirTran Airways service at Flint, Michigan, from where Southwest will operate to Baltimore/Washington, Orlando and Tampa.

At Portland, Maine, Southwest will begin operating service to Baltimore/Washington International Airport.

Southwest will also take over from AirTran at Rochester, New York. From there it will operate to Baltimore/Washington, Chicago Midway Airport, Orlando, and Tampa.

AirTran service in the four cities will end on April 13.

To promote its new services, Southwest has launched a fare sale, offering one-way fares from $69 to $159 on the new routes. Customers may travel for $69 one-way between Baltimore/Washington and Charlotte. Between Chicago Midway and Rochester, one-way fares are from $99.

Southwest Airlines subsidiary AirTran Airways eventually is to be merged into the larger Southwest operation and its distinctive livery will vanish unless Southwest decides to keep some AirTran jets as theme-painted aircraft to remember their heritage

 

These fares must be booked by October 28 for travel between April 14 and May 22, 2013. To book the sale fares, visit www.southwest.com.

The newly released flight schedule extends to May 31, 2013, the booking window for travel on both Southwest and AirTran.

In addition to seasonal and other itinerary changes across the 97 destinations served by both carriers, the new schedule will see AirTran’s international footprint grow to include new, daily service beginning April 14 between Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and Baltimore/Washington, subject to government approvals.

Southwest will also launch additional new services on April 14. It will offer one daily round-trip between Boston Logan International Airport and Kansas City; and a daily round-trip between Houston Hobby and Pittsburgh.