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June 26, 2012

Southwest Takes Over Seven AirTran Routes, Adds Five New Routes to Schedule

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Southwest and AirTran Boeing 737s nose to nose. (Photo by Southwest Airlines)

The slow assimilation of AirTran into the Southwest network continues to crawl along this winter, according to the new schedule extension announced today.

Just one AirTran station will be converted completely to Southwest flying on the new sched: Key West, which is currently connected to Orlando and Tampa Bay with daily AirTran service. Southwest takes over the routes on Nov. 4th.

Southwest will also take over four routes out of the AirTran hub in Milwaukee and one out of the Orlando hub.

Five new routes for Southwest will connect scattered existing markets, while several new seasonal routes under the AirTran banner will carry snowbirds to Florida from points in the northeast.

New Southwest markets:

  • Two daily nonstop flights between Dallas Love Field and Harlingen
  • One daily nonstop flight between Denver and Louisville
  • Two daily nonstop flights between Houston Hobby and Indianapolis
  • One daily nonstop flight between Houston Hobby and Orange County
  • One daily nonstop flight between Kansas City and New Orleans

Southwest assumes flying from AirTran:

  • One daily nonstop flight between Key West and Orlando
  • One daily nonstop flight between Key West and Tampa Bay
  • Two daily nonstop flights between Boston Logan and Milwaukee
  • One daily nonstop flight between Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and Milwaukee
  • Five daily nonstop flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Milwaukee
  • One daily nonstop flight between San Francisco and Milwaukee
  • One daily nonstop flight between Orlando and Minneapolis-St. Paul

AirTran’s seasonal new markets include:

  • One daily nonstop flight between Buffalo and Tampa Bay
  • One daily nonstop flight between Akron-Canton and Ft. Myers
  • One daily nonstop flight between Columbus and Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood
  • One daily nonstop flight between Columbus and Tampa Bay
  • One daily nonstop flight between Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and Indianapolis
  • One daily nonstop flight between Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and Philadelphia
  • One daily nonstop flight between Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay
  • One daily nonstop flight between Rochester and Tampa Bay
  • Four weekly nonstop flights between Flint and Ft. Myers
  • Four weekly nonstop flights between Grand Rapids and Ft. Myers


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