On June 5, 2011, Southwest Airlines will add service to these cities to the nonstop service it has already announced from Newark to Chicago...

Southwest Airlines is adding Baltimore/Washington, Denver, Houston and Phoenix to the list of destinations it will serve from Newark Liberty International Airport.

On June 5, 2011, Southwest Airlines will add service to these cities to the nonstop service it has already announced from Newark to Chicago Midway (MDW) and St. Louis (STL), which will begin on March 27.

The airline will operate three daily round-trips from Newark to Baltimore/Washington International (BWI), three daily round-trips to Denver International Airport(DIA), two daily round-trips to Houston Hobby (HOU), and two daily round-trips to Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) from June 5.

Together with the six daily round-trips to Chicago Midway and two to St. Louis which Southwest is planning to operate from Newark, this will give the airline a total of 18 daily departures from EWR. These will use up all of the 36 take-off and landing slots which Continental Airlines agreed to lease to Southwest Airlines as a condition of the Department of Transportation allowing Continental’s merger with United Airlines to go ahead.

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 takes off at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, one of the airline's major destinations

To mark the new service announcements, Southwest Airlines is offering fares from $49 one-way (plus taxes), for a limited time, between Baltimore International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport), as well as fare deals to other cities.

The fares, which are available only at www.southwest.com, can be purchased until December 17, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. The promotional fares are good for travel between June 5 and August 12, 2011. Not including taxes, examples of Southwest’s Newark promotional fares include $109 one-way to Denver International; $129 one-way to Houston Hobby; and $129 one-way to Phoenix Sky Harbor International.

“This announcement is the second wave of Southwest’s new schedule at Newark Liberty International to fulfill additional demand to and from New York City for our customers,” says Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines’ chairman, president, and CEO. “More service, more flights, and more connections mean a stronger network from East to West.”

Newark will join New York LaGuardia International Airport and Long Island Islip MacArthur International Airport as New York-area airports served by Southwest.

In August, Southwest Airlines announced its intent to serve Newark Liberty International through a slot-lease deal with Continental Airlines, contingent upon the closing of the already-approved Continental and United Airlines merger, certain governmental approvals. Southwest now says that all conditions for launching Newark service have been met.

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