Southwest Airlines Adds New Nonstop Service

DALLAS, March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV - news) today announced it will add new daily nonstop and direct flights between several key cities beginning this summer. (Direct service involves one or more stops, but no change of plane.)

Beginning June 10, the airline will add three new daily nonstop flights between Phoenix and Orange County, and two new daily nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Orange County. The airline also will add one new daily direct flight between Orange County and Nashville.

Beginning July 5, Southwest will add one new daily nonstop flight between Phoenix and Chicago Midway; one new daily nonstop flight between Chicago Midway and Tampa Bay; one new daily nonstop flight between Portland and Phoenix; and one new daily nonstop flight between Phoenix and Tampa Bay.

``The new flights are in response to increasing Customer demand in these markets,'' said Joyce Rogge, Southwest's vice president of marketing. ``We will continue to add service between the markets we serve as our fleet of 737s grows.''

Southwest is introducing the new flights with its regular low fares and even lower advance purchase fares. Examples of the fares include:

         City                  Seven-Day Advance        Unrestricted/Walk Up
                                 Purchase Fare,            Purchase Fare,
                                   Each-Way                   Each-Way
    Orange County to Phoenix          $46                        $86
    Orange County to Las Vegas        $46                        $86
    Orange County to Nashville        $204                       $320
    Phoenix to Chicago Midway         $197                       $311
    Chicago Midway to Tampa Bay       $130                       $225
    Portland to Phoenix               $130                       $209
    Phoenix to Tampa Bay              $236                       $373

These fares do not include airport taxes of up to $18 roundtrip or a federal excise tax of $2.75 per segment. (A segment is defined as a takeoff and a landing.) Seven-day advance purchase fares require roundtrip travel and an overnight stay (any night). Seats are limited and will not be available on some flights that operate during peak and holiday travel times. Tickets must be purchased at least seven days prior to departure and within one day of making reservations. Tickets are nonrefundable, but unused tickets may be applied toward the purchase of future travel on Southwest Airlines (except for tickets purchased through the Southwest Airlines Group Tickets program). Fares are subject to change until ticketed, and any change in itinerary may result in an increase in fare.

Customers can purchase tickets by visiting Southwest's Web site at, by calling Southwest Airlines at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA, or by calling their local travel agent. Southwest Airlines, through its continuing innovations, is making travel easier than ever. With Ticketless Travel, Customers can experience the ease of traveling without a ticket.

Southwest Airlines, the fourth largest domestic carrier in terms of Customers boarded, currently serves 58 airports in 57 cities and 29 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 2,700 flights a day with a fleet of 346 Boeing 737s with an average age of 8.4 years-one of the youngest pure jet fleets in the domestic airline industry.