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Southwest Airlines Brings New Routes, Low
Fares, and Legendary Customer Service to Pensacola International
Airport, the Carrier’s 88th Destination
DALLAS—Nov. 4, 2013—Southwest Airlines (NYSE:
LUV) launched service this weekend from Pensacola International Airport,
creating more options for Northwest Florida and Southeast Alabama air
travelers. The conversion of the Dallas-based carrier’s service from
wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways also marks the final phase in
the integration of the two airlines’ domestic networks.
Southwest Airlines now offers twice daily
nonstop service between Pensacola and Nashville and daily nonstop
service between the airport and Houston Hobby, with additional
same-plane or connecting service to nearly 70 total destinations served
by Southwest Airlines’ all-Boeing 737 fleet.
Pensacola-based Boeing-Stearman biplanes
marshaled in the first weekday arrival of a Southwest jet followed by a
celebration and news conference in the departing gate area.
"This weekend’s conversion from AirTran to
Southwest service brings bigger planes, with more than three thousand
seats in and out of Northwest Florida every week,” said Bob Montgomery,
Southwest Airlines Vice President of Airport Affairs. "And we’re
increasing by nearly half the number of places that our Pensacola
Customers may travel to and from with the Southwest network. We are
honored to continue the AirTran’s history of quality, low-fare service
"Pensacola International Airport is one of the
City’s greatest economic development engines,” said Pensacola Mayor
Ashton Hayward. "In addition to The Airport Commerce Park ramping up, we
are thrilled to welcome Southwest Airlines to Pensacola. Southwest’s
presence expands Pensacola International Airport’s routes through
Houston and Nashville, making Pensacola more accessible to business and
tourists across the nation. Together, we are competing and winning.”
Montgomery also presented Pensacola Ronald
McDonald House with nearly $90,000 raised during the most recent of
Southwest’s LUV Classic golf tournaments which, for nearly 30 years,
have supported families to stay near a hospital where a child is
receiving medical attention.
Southwest supports RMH through Employees who
volunteer to cook and serve meals to the families, financial sponsorship
and ticket donation.
Learn more about Southwest Airlines through
fact sheets, photos, videos, and news releases available on the
carrier’s digital newsroom, swamedia.com.
About Southwest Airlines Co.
In its 43rd year of service, Dallas-based
Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from
other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than
45,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest
is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic
passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran
Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to
serve 96 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries.
Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for
its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier’s
performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the
communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet.
The 2012 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at
From its first flights on June 18, 1971,
Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air
travel quantified by the U.S. Department of Transportation as "The
Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic
wherever the carrier serves. On every flight, Southwest offers
Customers the first two pieces of checked luggage (weight and size
limitations apply) and all ticket changes without additional fees.
Southwest’s all Boeing fleet consistently offers leather seating and the
comfort of full-size cabins, many of which are equipped with
satellite-based WiFi connectivity and a new, sustainable cabin interior.
With 40 consecutive years of profitability, the People of Southwest
operate nearly than 3,200 flights a day and serve communities around 86
airports in Southwest’s network of domestic destinations. Southwest
Airlines’ frequent flights and low fares are available only at
AirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Southwest Airlines Co., offers coast-to-coast and near-international
service with nearly 500 flights a day to 46 destinations. The carrier’s
high-quality product includes assigned seating and Business Class. As
Southwest continues to integrate AirTran’s People, places, and planes
into Southwest Airlines, Customers of both carriers may book flights at
airtran.com and exchange earned loyalty points between both AirTran’s A+
Rewards® and Southwest’s Rapid Rewards® for reward travel on either
About Pensacola International Airport
Owned and operated by the City of Pensacola,
Pensacola International Airport is the largest airport between New
Orleans and Jacksonville, serving more than 1.5 million passengers each
year. The airport supports over 5700 jobs and generates an estimated
annual impact of over $565 million.