DALLAS – Southwest Airlines Co. is announcing plans to bring its iconic brand, low fares, and exceptional Customer Service to Cincinnati and Grand Cayman (subject to requisite governmental approvals) beginning June 4, 2017.
“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,” said Dave Harvey, Southwest Airlines’ Managing Director of Business Development. “The addition of Cincinnati is yet another example of how we are connecting communities across the nation with our unmatched schedule and network, full-sized Boeing 737s, and Customer-friendly policies that you’ll only find at Southwest.”
Southwest Comes to Cincinnati
From Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), the carrier initially will offer nonstop service to Chicago (Midway) and Baltimore/Washington allowing Cincinnati travelers to utilize Southwest’s all-Boeing 737 fleet to access many of the more than 100 destinations Southwest serves across the United States, Caribbean, and Latin America.
Southwest remains focused on providing the best service pattern for Ohio travelers. The airline is adding new nonstop service between Cleveland and Atlanta. Additionally, the carrier will add a second daily flight between Cleveland and St. Louis.
The carrier announced service to airports in both Akron-Canton and Dayton, Ohio, will end June 3, 2017. Employees in those cities have been offered other opportunities within Southwest.
Focus on Florida: New International Destinations
Southwest is investing heavily throughout Florida, growing its domestic and international reach to meet the demands of its Customers. Today, 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 by significantly increasing its international flight schedule for South Florida to a total of eight international nonstop destinations. The carrier today also 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, 2017, provided the service receives requisite governmental approvals. On the same date, the carrier expects to begin operations from the new five gate international concourse, offering new daily international nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay, Belize, and Cancun, alongside existing service to three cities in Cuba -Havana, Varadero, and Santa Clara- as well as Nassau, The Bahamas.
Southwest will also add daily, intra-Florida service nonstop between Fort Lauderdale and Orlando as well as new daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Washington D.C. (Dulles), daily service between Fort Lauderdale and Philadelphia, twice daily service between Tampa and New York LaGuardia, and weekend nonstop service between Pensacola and Denver.
West Coast Service
Throughout California, the carrier continues adding to its already unmatched schedule and robust network. On June 4, 2017, the carrier is adding new nonstop service between Portland, Ore. and San Francisco, between San Jose and Reno, and seasonal nonstop service between Oakland and New York via Newark. The carrier will also add new nonstop service between San Diego and Boise, and between San Diego and Salt Lake City, and seasonal nonstop service between San Diego and Newark, Spokane, and Indianapolis.
Other Midwest Updates
Also on June 4, 2017, the carrier is adding new nonstop flights between New York via Newark and Indianapolis, and between Nashville and Minneapolis.
The carrier is currently planning to grow its 2017 available seat miles (ASMs) approximately 3.5 percent, as compared with 2016.