At Grand Rapids, Southwest will offer double the number of flights AirTran Airways is operating. From August 11, Southwest will offer six daily non-stop flights, compared with three daily non-stop flights operated until then by AirTran.

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When the option is available, Southwest Airlines will offer customers the opportunity to purchase one of the earliest boarding positions at the gate for $40 per flight.

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AirTran Airways will begin operating both routes this spring and will operate four round-trips a week on each of the two routes.

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Dallas-based Southwest Airlines starts service in Wichita on June 2, 2013, with a total of five daily flights offering non-stop service to Dallas, Chicago Midway, and Las Vegas. Wichita will be Southwest’s 85th destination.

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From April 14, Southwest Airlines will operate three daily round-trips between Orlando and San Juan and one daily round-trip between Tampa and San Juan, as the carrier transitions these routes to its own operation from that of its subsidiary AirTran Airways.

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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.

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Southwest Airlines will start service at Branson on March 9, 2013, with daily non-stop flights to Dallas Love Field, Houston Hobby Airport and Chicago Midway Airport, and Saturday-only service to Orlando. Branson will become the 79th destination in Southwest’s route network.

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Southwest Airlines is launching twice-daily service between Washington Reagan National Airport and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on September 30.

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In the newly extended schedule, Southwest Airlines will begin new service between Kansas City and Minneapolis-St. Paul, offering two daily non-stop flights. Both carriers also will begin new seasonal routes.

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AirTran Airways is adding add as many as four more daily non-stop round-trips between Baltimore/Washington International Airport and Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport from September 6 through the end of its currently published schedule on February 13, 2013.

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On July 9 Southwest Airlines revealed it had bought four slots at Washington Reagan National Airport from another airline, the previous week. Southwest will use the slots to provide two daily round-trips between Washington Reagan National and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

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In its latest schedule, which runs through February 13, 2013, Southwest will begin new service between Nashville and New York LaGuardia, offering two daily non-stop round-trips. Southwest Airlines also will begin four new winter seasonal routes.

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Southwest Airlines Co. has confirmed that the company, together with its subsidiary AirTran Airways, Inc., has reached an agreement with Delta Air Lines, Inc., and Boeing Capital Corp. to lease or sublease all 88 of AirTran’s Boeing 717 jets to Delta.

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In conjunction with service provider Row 44, Southwest Airlines is adding to its wireless in-flight entertainment options with a preview of live television on five of the carrier’s aircraft, with plans to expand the service to 20 aircraft by mid-July.

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Southwest Airlines and its subsidiary AirTran Airways have announced new routes as they extend their flight schedules for travel bookings through January 4, 2013.

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Southwest Airlines will operate its inaugural flight between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on July 8. The AUS-DCA route will be Southwest’s first service to Washington Reagan National Airport.

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Southwest Airlines subsidiary AirTran Airways is launching new international service within the next 10 days from San Antonio, Austin, Orange County in California and Chicago Midway, as well as new service between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Together with subsidiary AirTran Airways, Inc., Southwest Airlines has reached a tentative agreement with Delta Air Lines, Inc. and Boeing Capital Corp. to sublease all 88 of AirTran’s Boeing 717 jets to Delta.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has selected Alaska Airlines for service to Portland, Oregon; JetBlue Airways for San Juan, Puerto Rico; Southwest Airlines for Austin, Texas; and Virgin America for San Francisco.

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