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Southwest Airlines Adding New Routes for 2016

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | October 30, 2015

Southwest Airlines Adding New Routes for 2016

On Tuesday, Southwest Airlines announced 10 new non-stop routes that the company will begin flying in spring 2016.

The first flight Southwest will add comes on March 10, 2016, when the airline restarts service between St. Louis and Pittsburgh. The company currently flies between the two cities, but the service shuts down for three months on Nov. 30.

Southwest will also extend its bookable flight schedule from April 12 through June 3, 2016, by adding nine other non-stops services. Some of the new routes include Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Chicago (Midway); St. Louis to Des Moines, Iowa; Wichita, Kansas, to Phoenix; and two flights from New York (Newark), one to Orlando and one to Las Vegas.

In a related report from Harriet Baskas of USA Today, Southwest also announced a list of routes that would be dropped in 2016. Some of the services being removed include Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport losing flights to Baltimore, Houston Hobby and Chicago (Midway); and Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, losing Baltimore, Las Vegas, Orlando and Tampa.

Southwest Airlines spokesman Dan Langdon told Baskas, “We’ve changed our models in some cities to reflect changes in travel patterns by customers and offering either new or increasing existing service to destinations where they’ll have more opportunities to connect to even more cities than with their current service offerings. Existing cities on our network map have been successful with this model and so we are confident in this being a good path.”

Fares start as low as $49 on the new non-stop routes, but there are additional fare rules that can be found on Southwest’s official website.

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