Southwest Airlines will begin new nonstop service between Ronald Reagan Washington National airport and Kansas City International airport on 1 February.
The Dallas-based low-fare carrier is taking the slot pair at the restricted Washington airport for the once daily flight from Republic Airlines, which disclosed that it was returning the pair to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) on 24 January.
The regulator has already approved the slot transfer, according to Southwest.
“Southwest has been interested for the past several years in providing our Kansas City customers with nonstop access to Reagan National airport,” says Ron Ricks, executive vice-president and chief legal and regulatory officer at Southwest, in a statement. “We have a great partnership with the city and the airport, and we know the route will bring our customers flying between Washington DC and Kansas City access to more seats and lower fares.”
Southwest’s subsidiary AirTran Airways will operate the flight through 15 February after which it will shift to Southwest metal.
Republic used the slot pair to operate a once daily flight on the same route for Frontier Airlines. Frontier is dropping the flight along with ones to Madison, Wisconsin, and Omaha, Nebraska, on 1 February.
Private equity firm Indigo Partners bought Frontier from Republic in December.
American Airlines-subsidiary US Airways also flies between Washington National and Kansas City, Innovata schedules show.