Southwest Airlines starts seven services

Southwest Airlines added its second route to Nassau in the Bahamas on 7 August, a daily 293-kilometre sector from Fort Lauderdale. Taking part in the gift exchange in Nassau are Steve Goldberg, VP Ground Operations for Southwest Airlines, and Obediah Wilchombe, Bahamas’ Minister of Tourism. The first flight to Nassau from Fort Lauderdale was flown by Bahamian-born Sean Smith. “It gave me goosebumps to fly the inaugural to my home,” said Smith. Nassau is already connected by the airline to Baltimore/Washington with weekly (Saturdays) flights.

Southwest Airlines starts seven services

Sacramento Airport celebrated with this cake the start of Southwest Airlines’ daily service from Baltimore/Washington on 7 August. The 3,843-kilometre sector will be flown by the LCC’s 737-700s facing no direct competition.

  • Southwest Airlines chose the last week as the launch pad to debut seven new routes on its North American network, starting on 6 August with a 2,791-kilometre link between Milwaukee (MKE) and San Diego (SAN), a route facing no competition. The only other route launched by Southwest Airlines that will not face an incumbent is the 3,843-kilometre coast-to-coast paring of Baltimore/Washington (BWI) and Sacramento (SMF). This becomes the airline’s third longest route after Los Angeles to Liberia (4,228 kilometres) and Baltimore/Washington to Oakland (3,925 kilometres). The five other routes launched by Southwest this week will face direct competition, with the international link from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Nassau (NAS), the carrier’s second route to the Bahamas airport after Baltimore/Washington, seeing the strongest contest as three other airlines already serve the short 293-kilometre pairing. The average weekly frequency of Southwest’s new services is 6.8.
Launch date From To Aircraft (W/F) Competition
6 August Milwaukee (MKE) San Diego (SAN) B73W (7)
7 August Baltimore/Washington (BWI) Sacramento (SMF)
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) Nassau (NAS) JetBlue Airways (35),
Bahamas Air (28),
SkyBahamas (8)
Los Angeles (LAX) Pittsburgh (PIT) American Airlines (6)
Nashville (BNA) Charlotte Douglas (CLT) B73W (6) American Airlines (54)
Portland (PDX) Burbank (BUR) B73W (7) Alaska Airlines (21)
Ontario (ONT) Alaska Airlines (14)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data w/c 9 August 2016.


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