Speaking at Little Rock Airport on 6 January, Airport Commission Chairman, Virgil L. Miller, Jr. and Fredbird, mascot of the St. Louis Cardinals, celebrate the inauguration of Southwest Airlines’ flights between the two cities of Little Rock and St. Louis. The 702-kilometre sector will face no direct competition.
On 6 January, Southwest Airlines commenced services on the 525-kilometre Californian route between Burbank and San Francisco, joining United Airlines which also serves the airport pair. Southwest will operate a thrice-daily service Sunday – Friday, while on a Saturday there will be a two flights.
- Southwest Airlines commenced four services on 6 January. The average sector length of the new city pairs is 490 kilometres, with the shortest being the 261-kilometre link between Chicago Midway (MDW) and Indianapolis (IND), a route which the carrier will operate 13 times weekly without facing direct competition according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Of the four routes, two will face incumbent carriers, namely the 525-kilometre Californian city pair of Burbank (BUR) and San Francisco (SFO), which will see the airline compete with United Airlines. All four routes will be served by the LCCs 737-700s.
||Alaska Airlines (7)
||San Francisco (SFO)
||United Airlines (36)
|Chicago Midway (MDW)
|Little Rock (LIT)
||St. Louis (STL)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 12 January 2016. WF = Weekly frequencies.