Southwest Airlines skates onto 11 new sectors

Des Moines Airport celebrated the start of Southwest Airlines’ services to St. Louis

Des Moines Airport celebrated the start of Southwest Airlines’ services to St. Louis on 12 April with cookies which depict the latter city’s famous arch. Flights on the 417-kilometre sector will be operated 13 times weekly.

Wichita Airport celebrated the start of Southwest Airlines’ services to Phoenix and St. Louis

On 12 April Wichita Airport celebrated the start of Southwest Airlines’ services to Phoenix and St. Louis, with Wichita State University’s basketball team (the Wichita State Shockers) mascot WuShock highlighting that it is much easier for people to get to the latter destination for the Missouri Valley Conference basketball tournament in March next year. Services to Phoenix will operate daily while St. Louis sees a twice-daily operation.

Grand Rapids Airport celebrates the start of services to Chicago Midway on 12 April by Southwest Airlines with this impressive cake

Grand Rapids Airport celebrates the start of services to Chicago Midway on 12 April by Southwest Airlines with this impressive cake. Flights to the Windy City will be flown 19 times weekly according to OAG Schedules Analyser data facing no direct competition.

  • Southwest Airlines commenced services on 11 routes on 12 April. The longest sector inaugurated by the carrier on this date was between Los Angeles (LAX) and Liberia (LIR) in Costa Rica, a 4,228-kilometre route which will operate daily in direct competition with Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Overall five routes will face incumbent carriers. The average weekly frequency of the carrier’s new routes is just over 14, which is high for a LCC. Taking away the only international route launched by Southwest, the average sector length of the remaining 10 US domestic services is just over 1,000 kilometres.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
12 April Atlanta (ATL) Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP) B73W (20) Delta Air Lines (53)
Baltimore/Washington (BWI) Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) B73W (14) Delta Air Lines (26),
Spirit Airlines (7)
Chicago Midway (MDW) Dayton (DAY) B73W (20)
Flint (FNT)
Grand Rapids (GRR) B73W (19)
Los Angeles (LAX) Liberia (LIR) B73W (7) Alaska Airlines (4),
Delta Air Lines (3)
New York Newark (EWR) Las Vegas (LAS) United Airlines (39)
Orlando (MCO) B73W (14) United Airlines (77),
JetBlue Airways (35)
Phoenix (PHX) Wichita (ICT) B73W (7)
St. Louis (STL) Des Moines (DSM) B73W (13)
Wichita (ICT) B73W (14)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 19 April 2016.

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