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Southwest Airlines Adds 12 New Routes including to Hawaii and Mexico

Southwest Airlines Adds 12 New Routes including to Hawaii and Mexico

Southwest Airlines said it plans to add 12 new routes next February and March including new flights to Hawaii and Savannah.
“We’re deploying our planes and people to more places that our customers have desired visiting this coming winter and spring break season,” said Andrew Watterson, the airline’s chief commercial officer.
The airline plans to take advantage of the return of the Boeing 737 Max to its fleet after a 20-month grounding …

Southwest Airlines to Add Sarasota to its Route Map

Southwest Airlines to Add Sarasota to its Route Map

Southwest Airlines said it would expand its route network by adding Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. The airport serves the city of Sarasota, the county of the same name, and nearby Manatee country, and is operated by the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority.  Bradenton is the county seat of Manatee.
The airport opened in 1942, ostensibly as a replacement for Sarasota’s Lowe Field, due to its poor conditions and low capacity, although that …

The Return of the World’s Longest Flight

In the days, months, and years before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, airlines vied to be the operator of “the world’s longest flight.” The coronavirus put a stop to that as airlines drastically cut back on flying.
Indeed, restrictions on travel led to some oddities, such as a period of time when Air Tahiti Nui, a French carrier based in Tahiti with a fleet of four Boeing 787 Dreamliners, operated …

United Airlines to Add 8 New International Routes

United Airlines to Add 8 New International Routes

United Airlines said it plans to introduce eight new international routes and increase the number of flights to 19 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Latin America.
The new routes, which will begin to operate in December, include non-stop service linking Los Angeles and San Jose, Costa Rica and San Pedro Sula, Honduras; Denver and Belize City, Belize, and San Jose; and Washington, D.C. and Santo Domingo; as well as the …

Southwest Airlines to Offer Service from O’Hare and George Bush Intercontinental Airports

Southwest Airlines to Offer Service from O’Hare and George Bush Intercontinental Airports

Southwest Airlines plans to add service out of Chicago O’Hare International and George Bush Intercontinental airports next year, the airline said Monday.
The Dallas-based carrier operated from Intercontinental on its first day of operations in 1971 and moved to Hobby shortly thereafter.  Houston Hobby, formally William P. Hobby Airport, is an operating base for the airline and Southwest began international service from there in 2015. Southwest operated from both airports between 1980 …

Southwest to Offer New Service to Miami, Palm Springs, and Telluride

Southwest to Offer New Service to Miami, Palm Springs, and Telluride

Southwest Airlines announced new additions to its winter schedule with routes to destinations in California, Colorado, and Florida.
The airline said that it “critically” needs new sources of revenue to offset the impact of the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel.
“Southwest is stretching into new places to provide for two needs: desired options for our Customers who seek snow or sun, and wide-open spaces to enjoy a break from the unexpected that …

United Airlines to Resume Non-Stop Service to China Later This Month

United Airlines to Resume Non-Stop Service to China Later This Month

United Airlines said Sunday it would restart non-stop service to China between San Francisco and Shanghai.
The airline had suspended its flights to China amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic earlier in the year.
The flights will no longer stop in Seoul for a crew change.
“We look forward to resuming nonstop service and offering our customers greater convenience and shorter flight times,” said Patrick Quayle, the airline’s vice president for international …