Southwest Airlines debuts domestic dozen

Cutting the ribbon in Austin to commemorate Southwest Airlines’ inaugural service to San Francisco, one of three new domestic connections from the former city this week, are: Paul Trahan,Austin Chamber Representative and Partner Norton Rose Fulbright; Susana Carbajal, Assistant Director, Austin Airport; Kevin Sullivan, Director of National and Regional Sales, Southwest Airlines; Greg Bentch, Chief of Staff for State Representative Tony Dale; Ernie Saulmon, Austin Airport Advisory Commission; and Kate Messer, Communications Director for Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan. The Texas airport also baked a cake to mark the new routes to Indianapolis, Sacramento and San Francisco.

Sacramento Southwest Airlines

Sacramento, like Austin, also made a cake to toast Southwest Airlines’ new connection, with the Californian city being linked directly to the Texan city, along with St. Louis. Both routes face no direct competition and will be operated by the LCC daily. With these launches, Southwest now offers 21 non-stop routes from Sacramento.

  • Southwest Airlines debuted a dozen US domestic services on 8 April, with the biggest benefiting airports being San Jose (SJC) with six new routes, followed by Austin (AUS) with three and Sacramento (SMF) which has gained two. Commenting on the new links from the Texas airport, Jim Smith, Executive Director of Austin Airport, said: “The new non-stop of Sacramento makes connecting capital to capital easier than ever. With this new daily service, plus another option to San Francisco, Southwest now connects our Central Texas travellers to four airports in Northern California.” In total only five of the 12 routes launched by Southwest this week will face direct competition, with the most hotly contested being the link from Austin to San Francisco (SFO) where United Airlines and Alaska Airlines combined already offer 46 weekly flights. See how the San Jose to Spokane route launch FTWA performed against other airports from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
08-Apr Austin (AUS) San Francisco (SFO) B73W (7) United Airlines (33), Alaska Airlines (13)
Indianapolis (IND) B738 (1) Allegiant Air (2), Frontier Airlines (2)
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) Jacksonville (JAX) B737 (21) JetBlue Airways (21)
Raleigh-Durham (RDU) Kansas City (MCI) B73W (6) Frontier Airlines (4)
Sacramento (SMF) Austin (AUS) B737 (7)  
St. Louis (STL)  
San Jose (SJC) Albuquerque (ABQ) B73W (1)  

Boise (BOI)

B73W (7) Alaska Airlines (7)
Houston Hobby (HOU) B73S (7)  
New Orleans (MSY) B738 (1)  
Spokane (GEG) B737 (7)  
St. Louis (STL)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 10 April. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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