Cutting the ribbon for the new route between the capital of Texas and the US federal capital were Michael McCaul, US Representative for Texas; Kay Bailey Hutchison, US Senator for Texas; and Southwest Airlines’ board member William Cunningham.
- Southwest Airlines began serving the US capital’s downtown airport, Washington National, DC (DCA), on 8 July. The low-cost airline’s subsidiary AirTran is, however, already present at the airport. Southwest now operates daily from Austin, TX (AUS) with its 737-700s, after having been given approval by the US DOT. The airline already serves the Washington area from Austin with 20 flights a week to Baltimore/Washington, and United indirectly competes at Washington Dulles with its twice-daily operations to the Texan capital.