Southwest Airlines launches seven routes from seven airports

Southwest Airlines’ Kansas City to Austin-Bergstrom

Kansas City celebrated with this head-turning cake the start of Southwest Airlines’ new five times weekly service to Austin-Bergstrom on 13 March. The route between the two airports is one of three routes opened by the LCC this week that does not face any direct competition.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Denver Airport to officially open Southwest Airlines’ new weekly (Saturdays) service to Belize City on 11 March. Seen cutting the ribbon are: Jason Van Eaton, Southwest Airlines VP Governmental Affairs; The Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism in Belize; and Patrick Heck, CCO Denver Airport.

  • Southwest Airlines commenced flights on seven routes during the past seven days, ranging from an 853-kilometre US domestic link between Salt Lake City (SLC) and Sacramento (SMF) to a 2,937-kilometre international connection between Denver (DEN) and Belize City (BZE). The latter was the only international route launch by the carrier this week. Commenting on the start of non-stop flights between Denver and Belize City, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said: “Every time we add an international destination to our network, we further engrain Denver in the global market. We couldn’t do this without the support of our great airline partners at Southwest Airlines and we are thankful for their commitment to Denver and our passengers.” Of Southwest Airlines’ new connections that started this week, three are routes that are currently unserved, with the seven registering an average sector length of 1,551 kilometres and an average weekly frequency of 7.9. See how Denver Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
09-Mar Burbank (BUR) Salt Lake City (SLC) B73W (14) Delta Air Lines (19)
Houston Hobby (HOU) Omaha (OMA) B73W (7)  
Las Vegas (LAS) Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) B73W (7) Delta Air Lines (46), Sun Country Airlines (15), Spirit Airlines (14)
New York Newark (EWR) Fort Lauderdale (FLL) B73W (14) United Airlines (58), JetBlue Airways (49), Spirit Airlines (28)
Salt Lake City (SLC) Sacramento (SMF) B73W (7) Delta Air Lines (34)
11-Mar Denver (DEN) Belize City (BZE) B73W (1)  
13-Mar Austin-Bergstrom (AUS) Kansas City (MCI) B73W (5)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 14 March 2017. WF = Weekly Frequency.

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