Airlines has selected Norfolk, Virginia, as its next new city but in an unusual
move also has promised to later serve nearby Richmond, Virginia.
low fares carrier says it will begin daily service to Norfolk International
Airport in October, but has not yet disclosed its initial schedule.
Dallas-based carrier says it also “intends to serve the Richmond International
Airport” as part of a strategy to bracket the fast growing mid-Atlantic region.
Richmond, located in the middle of the state, is about 90 miles from Norfolk,
located in the southeastern corner.
already serves Baltimore/Washington International Airport and Raleigh-Durham
International Airport in North Carolina. But the carrier does not yet fly
anywhere in the state of Virginia.
refuses to disclose when Richmond services would start, saying the carrier
first needs to complete terminal expansion projects at other airports. The
carrier says until these projects are completed it cannot link Richmond with its
will initially occupy two gates at Norfolk. An airport official says that
leaves five more gates still unoccupied. The airport also pledges to construct
a new concourse if demand dictates.
airport official adds that today’s announcement ends a decade-long lobbying
effort by the Norfolk community. Scores of airports across the country lobbied
Southwest to become the carrier’s next city.
does not plan to select another city until next year.