Southwest Airlines Adds New Flights in Key Markets


Southwest Airlines today announced that it is refining its schedule beginning May 10, 2008. Through the elimination of 40 existing roundtrip flights from its May flight schedule, Southwest today will add 49 roundtrip flights in key growth markets such as Denver. Many of the changes will be seasonal to accommodate peak summer demand. For a complete listing of the flight changes go to:

“Southwest Airlines is concerned about slowing economic growth, and we want our flight schedule to be built around flights that are in high demand,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chief Executive Officer. “Our Employees continually evaluate our flights to see how we can offer our Customers the most efficient flight schedule in the business.”

Southwest Airlines is offering special fares for all new nonstop service. For a complete list of fares visit Fares are as low as $79 one-way with a 14-day advance purchase and as low as $99 one-way with a 21-day advance purchase. Fares apply only to new service. See fare rules below.

“Southwest is intent on strategically changing its flight schedule in 2008 to reflect demand and grow revenue — even adding seasonal flights when we can,” Kelly said. “We’ve improved our boarding procedures and updated our gate areas to make our Customers more productive, and we look forward to 2008 as being one of the most productive yet for Southwest Airlines.”

Southwest is the only U.S. airline to remain consistently profitable this decade, and enjoys an unprecedented string of 34 consecutive years of profitability. Southwest has a low cost structure, strong balance sheet, and the most comprehensive fuel hedge of any major U.S. airline.

After almost 37 years of service, Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other low fare carriers — offering a reliable product with impeccable Customer Service. Southwest Airlines is the most productive airline in the sky and offers Customers a productive traveling experience. Southwest recently updated its gate areas and improved its boarding procedure to make flying Southwest convenient and simple. Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV ) , the nation’s largest carrier in terms of domestic passengers enplaned, currently serves 64 cities in 32 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,300 flights a day and has more than 33,000 Employees systemwide.