Speaking at the launch of Southwest Airlines’ new services to San Antonio from Fort Lauderdale and Oakland is Russ Handy, Aviation Director, City of San Antonio. The Texan airport also baked a cake to commemorate the launches. Both routes will be flown daily using the airline’s fleet of 737-700s based on OAG schedules.
- Southwest Airlines added two new services to San Antonio (SAT) this week, launching daily flights to the Texan city from its Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Oakland (OAK) bases. The 1,842-kilometre jaunt from Florida and 2,374-kilometre link from California, both launched on 8 July, will be operated using the carrier’s mixed fleet of 737s. No other carriers presently operate either of these routes based on OAG schedules. When referencing the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Southwest flew just over 3.56 million passengers from San Antonio in 2017, up 6.3% versus the 3.35 million that it transported from the Texan city in 2016. The carrier’s next route launch from San Antonio will take place on 17 November, the day on which the carrier begin flights to Albuquerque. Unlike the two routes that the airline launched this week, flights from Albuquerque will face direct competition, with Frontier Airlines planning to launch the city pair on 15 August, one of many routes it will begin from San Antonio next month.