Southwest Airlines is planning to launch service on June 4 to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and to Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport (subject to Southwest receiving requisite governmental approvals).
However, the carrier has announced its service to both Akron-Canton and Dayton, Ohio, will end on June 3. Its employees at those airports have been offered other opportunities within Southwest. according to the airline.
In its latest schedule, which it has newly extended through August 14, Southwest also plans to launch four new international services from Fort Lauderdale Hollywood’s new international Concourse A when the new concourse opens on June 4.
Additionally, Southwest will launch two new domestic services from Fort Lauderdale, add new services within and from California, and add new services from and within the US Midwest.
Introductory, promotional one-way fares are available for purchase through January 26 on all of Southwest’s planned new routes, via www.Southwest.com. All introductory fares are subject to some travel blackout dates.
“Bringing Southwest to Cincinnati not only answers a call from our new community and corporate partners for key nonstop service and broad network access with more affordable fares but also now gives our more than 110 million annual customers access to a full complement of the top 50 markets across the contiguous 48 states,” says Dave Harvey, Southwest Airlines’ managing director of business development.
From June 4, Southwest will offer nonstop service from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (IATA code CVG) to Chicago Midway Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, both of which are key focus-city airports for Southwest and offer connections to many of its 100-plus domestic and international destinations.
On June 4, also, Southwest will add new nonstop daily service between Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Additionally, the carrier will add a second daily flight between Cleveland and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Also on June 4, the carrier will add new nonstop flights between Newark Liberty International Airport and Indianapolis International Airport, and between Nashville International Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
On January 5, in cooperation with Broward County, Florida, Southwest is beginning a six-month countdown to the opening of a new international concourse, known as Concourse A, at Terminal 1 at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
For the opening of Terminal 1’s new Concourse A, Southwest plans to increase its international schedule from FLL to serve a total of eight international destinations on a nonstop basis.
Southwest has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to serve Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman daily from Fort Lauderdale beginning June 4, provided the service receives requisite governmental approvals.
On the same date, the carrier expects to begin operations from Terminal 1’s new five-gate international concourse, offering new daily international nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay, Belize, and Cancun, alongside its existing service to three cities in Cuba (Havana, Varadero, and Santa Clara) and to Nassau’s Lyden Pindling International Airport.
Southwest will also add daily, intra-Florida nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Orlando as well as new daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Washington Dulles International Airport.
It will also launch daily service between Fort Lauderdale and Philadelphia, twice-daily service between Tampa and New York LaGuardia, and weekend nonstop service between Pensacola and Denver.
On June 4, Southwest will add new daily nonstop service between Portland in Oregon and San Francisco, and between San Jose and Reno, as well as seasonal nonstop service between Oakland and Newark.
The carrier will also add new nonstop service from San Diego to Boise and Salt Lake City, as well as seasonal nonstop service from San Diego to Newark, Spokane, and Indianapolis.
At present Southwest is planning to grow its 2017 available seat-mile (ASM) capacity approximately 3.5 per cent, compared with 2016.