Southwest Airlines expands in Washington and heads to Mexico

  • Southwest Airlines, which was recently featured on, expanded its network with the addition of five new routes, all of which were launched on 10 August using the low-cost carrier’s 143-seat 737-700s. With the longest sector being the 2,235-kilometre airport pair from Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI) to Cancun (CUN) in Mexico, the airline will face competition on just three of the five new additions from Delta Air Lines and US Airways. In fact, the two links to Mexico are replacing the former AirTran Airways’ operations. Also noteworthy is the fact that the carrier expanded its presence at Washington Reagan, VA (DCA) with three routes, served by an average weekly frequency of almost 26. Southwest is also planning to increase its frequency on the 967-kilometre route to Chicago Midway, IL (MDW) to nine times daily starting from 30 September.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
10 Aug Atlanta, GA (ATL) Cancun (CUN) B73W (8) Delta Air Lines (41)
Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI) B73W (9)
Washington Reagan, VA (DCA) Chicago Midway, IL (MDW) B73W (42)
Nashville, TN (BNA) B73W (21) US Airways (34)
New Orleans, LA (MSY) B73W (14) US Airways (33)
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 12 August 2014. WF = Weekly frequencies.


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