Southwest Airlines will begin flights on four new non-stop routes in September and convert its subsidiary AirTran Airways' service between Fort Lauderdale and San Juan to Southwest metal.
The Dallas-based carrier will launch flights between Nashville and Pittsburgh, Atlanta and San Diego, Des Moines and Las Vegas, and Jacksonville (Florida) and Chicago Midway. It will operate daily on each route, from 27 September.
Southwest will be the only carrier to operate non-stop between Nashville and Pittsburgh and between Jacksonville and Chicago Midway. It will compete against Delta Air Lines on Atlanta-San Diego and Allegiant Air on Des Moines-Las Vegas. United Airlines and American Eagle operate between Jacksonville and Chicago O'Hare.
Existing daily service on Fort Lauderdale-San Juan operated by AirTran will convert to twice daily Southwest service from 29 September. Southwest had previously announced it would take over AirTran's San Juan service to Orlando and Tampa from 14 April. AirTran will continue to operate service from San Juan to Baltimore/Washington and Atlanta, although Southwest has said last year it would determine when to convert these flights to Southwest at a later date.
Southwest will also re-introduce seasonal service on three non-stop routes: Indianapolis-Orlando, Jacksonville-Las Vegas and Orlando-Minneapolis/St Paul. In addition, AirTran will introduce seasonal service on four routes to Florida: Orlando-Houston Hobby, Orlando-New Orleans, Fort Myers-Columbus and Fort Lauderdale-Pittsburgh.
Southwest will discontinue seasonal service in some markets: Seattle-Atlanta, Seattle-Nashville, Cleveland-Las Vegas and Chicago Midway-Reno. The carrier will stop operating non-stop service in the El Paso-San Diego market, it says. However, it will continue to offer connecting service from these markets.