On July 1, Southwest Airlines will begin operating daily, non-stop flights linking Atlanta with Aruba and Montego Bay; Baltimore/Washington International Airport with Aruba, Nassau, and (twice daily) Montego Bay; and Orlando with Aruba (on Saturdays only) and Montego Bay.

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In its new schedule extension through June 2014, Southwest Airlines is adding new routes from Portland in Oregon and San Diego, and is increasing its services in existing markets from New York LaGuardia.

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The sensing system has the potential to improve weather forecasting by providing real-time and frequent humidity data from many locations when aircraft take off and land at airports throughout the United States. U.S. National Weather Service forecasters routinely use observations from water-vapor sensing systems in their day-to-day operations.

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Southwest plans to begin in May its new service using the 12 additional New York LaGuardia slots and says it will make details of the new service available later this month.

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Southwest began service to Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in 1997. The airline added Branson Airport and Key West International Airport to its route network in 2012 as part of its integration with AirTran Airways following its takeover of that airline. It is ending service to the three airports with effect from June 7.

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Southwest Airlines says it has become the first airline to offer its passengers gate-to-gate Wi-Fi services. From November 20, all Southwest Airlines passengers may use small portable electronic devices in “airplane mode” from gate to gate.

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Southwest Airlines has broken ground on a new international terminal at Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport, marking the official start of construction on the $156 million project.

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In extending to April 6 the schedule of subsidiary AirTran Airways and its own schedule, Southwest Airlines is introducing five new non-stop seasonal routes, including new non-stop flights on Saturdays between Florida sun destination Fort Myers and three U.S. cities.

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In extending its bookable flight schedules for travel through March 7, 2014, Southwest Airlines has revealed it is introducing new service between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on February 13.

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Southwest and SeaWorld unveiled the aircraft at a ceremony on June 20 at Orlando International Airport featuring real penguins, Southwest and SeaWorld employees and community members. The specially painted Boeing 737-700, filled with Southwest and SeaWorld employees, also made stops in two other SeaWorld cities, San Antonio and San Diego.

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Boeing has announced that first delivery of a 737 MAX, a 737 MAX 8 for launch customer Southwest Airlines, will be made three months earlier than originally scheduled – in the third quarter of 2017 instead of in the fourth quarter.

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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.

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According to a new Harris Poll, most Americans who fly at least once a year would be willing to pay for extra legroom on a flight of three hours or more and over half would be willing to pay more to avoid sitting in a middle seat on a flight of the same length ‒ as long as the additional fee is $50 or less.

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Southwest Airlines is launching service to Memphis, Pensacola, and Richmond in Virginia on November 3. Both Southwest Airlines and subsidiary AirTran Airways have newly extended their schedules through until New Year’s weekend and the two airlines are launching a sizable number of new year-round and seasonal services.

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One of the new Southwest Airlines destinations is San Juan in Puerto Rico, which is the first city that Southwest has ever served on a scheduled basis outside the 48 contiguous states of the mainland United States.

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Customers are now able to purchase itineraries to the airlines’ combined 97 destinations, including international destinations, in one transaction, for service starting on April 14.

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Southwest Airlines is introducing four new routes in its latest flight schedule, which it has newly extended for itself and subsidiary AirTran Airways for travel through November 1. Southwest will also take over AirTran Airways’ existing Fort Lauderdale-San Juan route.

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Daily AirTran Airways service on the new route begins on June 1.

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Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways took the first step in connecting their networks on January 26. Southwest Airlines says it is on pace to connect the two networks fully in April.

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