Southwest Airlines joins the dots across its top 20 airports

Southwest Airlines’ Tampa to San Juan

On 14 April, Southwest Airlines celebrated the launch of its daily flights from Tampa to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The celebration at the gate included a DJ playing music and a giant cake provided by Tampa International Airport, ready to be enjoyed by Southwest employees there to welcome the historic flight.

  • Southwest Airlines has used the last seven days to start several new services, as well as taking over some operations from its subsidiary AirTran Airways. Six of the airline’s top 20 airports (in terms of weekly flights) are involved in the activity – namely Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI), Chicago Midway, IL (MDW), Houston Hobby, TX (HOU), Kansas City, MO (MCI), Orlando, FL (MCO) and Tampa, FL (TPA). In a classic case of an LCC ‘joining up the network dots’, many of the new routes for Southwest are the same, with Charlotte, NC (CLT)which is featured in a separate Airport Profile this week, Flint, MI (FNT) and Rochester, NY (ROC) being connected from four, three and four of the airline’s top 20 airports respectively. With Charlotte being heavily featured, significant competition is mounted by US Airways to Baltimore/Washington (63 weekly services) and Orlando (68), while jetBlue Airways will provide LCC competition on routes into San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico from Tampa, FL (TPA) with 21 weekly flights, and also to Orlando with 42 weekly flights.
Launch date Origin Destination WF A/c Competition (WF)
14-Apr-13 Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI) Charlotte, NC (CLT) 14 EQV US Airways (63)
14-Apr-13 Flint, MI (FNT) 20 EQV
14-Apr-13 Portland, ME (PWM) 20 EQV
14-Apr-13 Rochester, NY (ROC) 14 EQV
14-Apr-13 Chicago Midway, IL (MDW) Charlotte, NC (CLT) 14 B73G
14-Apr-13 Rochester, NY (ROC) 14 B73G
14-Apr-13 Houston Hobby, TX (HOU) Charlotte, NC (CLT) 7 B73G
14-Apr-13 Pittsburgh, PA (PIT) 7 B737
14-Apr-13 Kansas City, MO (MCI) Boston, MA (BOS) 13 B73G
14-Apr-13 Orlando, FL (MCO) Charlotte, NC (CLT) 7 EQV US Airways (68)
14-Apr-13 Flint, MI (FNT) 7 B73G
14-Apr-13 Rochester, NY (ROC) 13 EQV
14-Apr-13 San Juan (SJU) 21 B738 jetBlue Airways (42)
14-Apr-13 Tampa, FL (TPA) 7 B738 jetBlue Airways (21)
14-Apr-13 Flint, MI (FNT) 7 EQV
14-Apr-13 Rochester, NY (ROC) 7 B73G
Source: Innovata w/c 22 April 2013. *WF: Weekly Frequencies at launch.

Follow me! Delivering an first, three Corvettes provide the escort to gate service for the inaugural Baltimore/Washington, MD, 20-weekly Southwest Airlines service to Flint, MI started on 14 April. 250 guests in the gate lounge witnessed (left) Jim Rice, Flint Airport Director and Ron Ricks, EVP for Southwest Airlines cutting the ceremonial first flight ribbon.

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