Southwest to start 10 routes from O’Hare and Colorado Springs

Southwest announces 10 routes from O’Hare and Colorado Springs

Southwest’s 10 routes from Chicago O’Hare and Colorado Springs will have 231 weekly departures. It’ll now even have more weekly flights from O’Hare to Nashville than long-standing Midway.

Southwest has revealed 10 new routes: five from Chicago O’Hare – its second airport in Chicagoland – and five from Colorado Springs.  

Only three of these routes are unserved: O’Hare and Colorado Springs to Dallas Love, and Colorado Springs to Chicago Midway.

Nashville will have more weekly departures from O’Hare (28) than from Midway (24), the airline’s website shows.

Southwest has also announced its return to Washington Dulles from Chicago Midway, with a 21-weekly service from 11 March. This route was last served in 2016.

With all of these routes, Chicago is getting serious LUV.

Andrew Watterson, Southwest’s EVP and CCO, announced O’Hare – and coming Houston Intercontinental – at the International Aviation Forecast Summit

He said Southwest has lots of passengers from locations closer to those major airports, and they now have aircraft available to do it.

Southwest’s new routes from O’Hare and Colorado Springs will collectively have 231 weekly departures: 140 from O’Hare and 91 from the Colorado airport.

Route summary

Routing Start date Weekly frequency Direct competition (WF)* Indirect competition (WF)*
Chicago O’Hare – Baltimore 14 February 28 American (34), United (26), Spirit (7) United: Dulles (42); United: National (96); American: National (63); Southwest: Midway (31); Southwest: National (18)
Chicago O’Hare – Dallas Love 14 February 28 None American: Dallas Fort Worth (98), United: DFW (51), Spirit: DFW (7)
Southwest: Midway (42)
Chicago O’Hare – Denver 14 February 42 United (70), American (27), Frontier (7), Spirit (7) Southwest: Midway (42)
Chicago O’Hare – Nashville 14 February 28 United (53), American (52), Southwest: Midway (24)
Chicago O’Hare – Phoenix 14 February 14 American (63), United (35), Frontier (7), Spirit (7) Southwest: Midway (45)
Colorado Springs – Dallas Love 11 March 21 None American: DFW (42)
Colorado Springs – Denver 11 March 28 United (70) None
Colorado Springs – Chicago Midway 11 March 14 None United: Chicago O’Hare (20); American: Chicago O’Hare (7)
Colorado Springs – Las Vegas 11 March 14 Frontier (9) None
Colorado Springs – Phoenix 11 March 14 Frontier (5) None
Source: airline websites. *In the week that Southwest begins.

Southwest will serve 105 airports in March; new shortest route coming

Most routes will start with high frequencies, most notably Denver – Colorado Springs at 28-weekly.

This will be Southwest’s third within Colorado, after Steamboat Springs (starting 19 December) and Montrose (19 December).

Read more: Denver is now Southwest’s number-one airport.

At just 117 kilometres, Denver – Colorado Springs will also be its shortest route network-wide, beating Kahului – Kona (135 kilometres), Honolulu – Kahului (162), and Chicago Midway – Grand Rapids (220). It will have a block time of typically 40 minutes.

With United’s 70 weekly between Colorado Springs and Denver, the airport-pair will have 98 weekly. United alone will have five daily departures to the state capital between 0600 and 0933 alone.

Southwest will serve 105 airports in mid-March 2021 – up from 103 YOY.  This includes O’Hare and Colorado Springs, Miami, Palm Springs, and the two in Colorado launching this winter, together with incoming Houston Intercontinental, Jackson (MS), and Savannah (GA).

The carrier’s 11 routes mentioned in this article supplement a further eight that have so far been announced for 2021:

  • Atlanta – Panama City (FL)
  • Hartford – Nashville: a major unserved route with 72,000 passengers in 2019
  • Houston Hobby – Minneapolis
  • Nashville – San Juan
  • Norfolk – San Diego
  • Orange County – Salt Lake City
  • Orlando – Salt Lake City
  • Washington National – West Palm Beach

Read more: Southwest to start six-weekly Norfolk – San Diego, one of the nation’s top-five unserved routes.

Southwest announces 10 routes from O’Hare and Colorado Springs

With Chicago O’Hare and Colorado Springs joining Southwest’s network, together with a range of others, the airline will serve 105 airports in mid-March 2021.


With thanks to Sean Moulton.


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