Southwest Airlines adds five routes in California

Southwest Airlines launched its latest route from New Orleans to Oakland on 7 June, with the first flight having a 100% load factor. Passengers on the inaugural service were welcomed to the gate with a buffet before boarding, those going to Jacksonville did not.

Passengers at Nashville airport were entertained with live music before the first flight to Oakland. The city pair will operate daily using the airline’s 737-700s.

Southwest Portland

Charlie Chaplin was on hand to help Portland Airport celebrate the launch of services to Los Angeles. Flights will operate twice-daily to LAX, facing strong competition from Alaska Airlines (54 weekly flights) and Delta Air Lines (34 weekly flights).

  • Southwest Airlines launched five new routes across its network on 7 June, all involving airports in California, including the latest international route from Orange County (SNA), to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) in Mexico. Of the new city pairs, two will face direct competition, most notably on the route between Portland (PDX), and Los Angeles (LAX), which sees a double-daily operation. The remaining routes will operate daily, with all sectors flown using the carrier’s 737-700s according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. See how New Orleans Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
7 June Indianapolis, IN (IND) Los Angeles, CA (LAX) 73W (7) American Airlines (7), Delta Air Lines (7)
Oakland, CA (OAK) Nashville, TN (BNA)
New Orleans, LA (MSY)
Orange County, CA (SNA) Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
Portland, OR (PDX) Los Angeles, CA (LAX) 73W (14) Alaska Airlines (54), Delta Air Lines (34)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 10 June 2015. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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