Southwest Airlines is adding nine new daily flights to five new destinations from Lambert St. Louis International Airport (STL) next spring.
The new flights are expected to begin by May 2010 and will be open for sale this December.
“Our employees saw opportunity and worked vigorously to incorporate additional capacity in the St. Louis market,” says Gary Kelly, Southwest’s chairman of the board, president, and CEO. “We are optimizing our network strategically and strengthening the relationship between Southwest Airlines and the communities we serve.”
In May 2010, Southwest Airlines will add:
● Two new daily nonstop round-trips between St. Louis and Nashville;
● One new daily nonstop round-trip between St. Louis and Raleigh-Durham;
● One new daily nonstop round-trip between St. Louis and New Orleans;
● Two new daily nonstop round-trips between St. Louis and Los Angeles;
● One new daily nonstop round-trip between St. Louis and Seattle;
● One new daily nonstop roundtrip between St. Louis and San Diego; and
● One additional daily nonstop round-trip between St. Louis and Minneapolis-St. Paul. (Southwest launches nonstop service between the two airports with two daily roundtrips in January.)
Southwest Airlines began service to St. Louis on March 17, 1985, with 17 daily nonstop departures to four destinations. The airline currently operates 72 daily nonstop flights from Lambert St. Louis, with additional or connecting service to 42 destinations.
With previously announced nonstop service additions to Minneapolis-St Paul and Boston Logan beginning January 10, 2010 and the new service that will start in May, Southwest says it will become the dominant airline serving St. Louis in terms of daily departures.