Southwest Airlines announces it will inaugurate nonstop service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington DC and Atlanta in Georgia on 13 February.
The Dallas-based airline calls the new flight the latest step in its integration of wholly-owned subsidiary AirTran Airways, which will continue to serve the same route with five daily flights, says Southwest.
AirTran has its largest hub at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport.
"This new link on Southwest Airlines between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta is another milestone toward full integration," says Bob Jordan, Southwest's executive vice president and chief commercial officer in a statement. "The route brings another payoff in our investment to bring AirTran's people, planes and places into the Southwest network."
AirTran and Southwest compete on the route with Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, which flies between Washington National airport and Atlanta roughly 15 times daily.
Southwest also announces that in February 2014 it will assume AirTran's service between Baltimore, Maryland and Dayton, Ohio. In addition, in February Southwest will resume seasonal flights between Reno in Nevada and Chicago (Midway), Las Vegas and Albany in New York, and Islip in New York and Fort Myers in Florida.