Southwest Airlines Launches New Service To Akron-Canton And Dayton
Southwest Expands Footprint in the Ohio Valley as the Airline Continues to
Integrate with AirTran Airways, Offering Ohio Customers More Low Fares,
Flights, and Destinations
DALLAS, Aug. 13, 2012
DALLAS, Aug. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) has
officially landed in two brand new destinations with its new service to
Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) and Dayton International Airport (DAY). The new
service officially launched on Sunday, Aug. 12, and the airline will celebrate
the new service in both cities with press conferences at each airport this
morning. In Akron-Canton, Southwest will offer two daily roundtrip flights to
Southwest's sizable operation at Chicago Midway, as well as one daily
roundtrip flight to Denver. Likewise, the airline will begin service to
Dayton with one daily flight to Denver. Southwest's service in both markets
will complement AirTran's existing service in these cities. AirTran's service
will continue, and the airlines will jointly determine the best time to
convert all AirTran's flying to Southwest as part of the ongoing integration
to eventually becoming one airline flying under the Southwest brand.
"Our arrival in Akron-Canton and Dayton represents one of the true benefits to
our integration with AirTran Airways, and it cements low fares and legendary
Customer Service in these markets for decades to come," said Southwest
Airlines Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer and AirTran
Airways President Bob Jordan. "Southwest is committed to serving these new
markets with exceptional Customer Service at a great value, with access to the
broad Southwest network of destinations."
"We are thrilled to welcome Southwest Airlines to Akron-Canton Airport," said
Rick McQueen, President and CEO. "We've been courting the LUV airline for 25
years now, so this inaugural is particularly sweet. As AirTran and Southwest
become one airline, our Customers benefit from more access, destinations, and
value. Nothing beats that."
"Southwest's arrival at Dayton International Airport is a very positive
announcement for our community with clear benefits," said Terrence Slaybaugh,
Director of Aviation at Dayton International Airport. "Expanding our
destination offerings with Southwest Airlines – known for its customer-focused
service – is an ideal partnership to provide our passengers with the 'Where
Flying is Fun Again' experience every time they fly DAY."
AirTran began service at Akron-Canton in 1997 and started serving Dayton in
1998. Today, AirTran offers 11 daily flights from Akron-Canton in addition to
the three daily Southwest flights. From Dayton, today AirTran offers eight
daily flights in addition to the daily Southwest flight to Denver.
About Southwest Airlines
In its 41^st year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV)
continues to differentiate itself from other low-fare carriers by providing a
reliable product with exemplary Customer Service. Including wholly owned
subsidiary AirTran Airways, the Company now serves 97 destinations in 41
states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, six
near-international countries, and employs more than 46,000 People. Visit
southwest.com/citizenship to read the Southwest Airlines One Report™ and see
how Southwest is doing its part to be a good citizen while underscoring a
commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet.
Southwest Airlines, one of the most honored airlines in the world, is the
nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded.
Southwest currently operates more than 3,200 flights a day and serves the
communities around 76 airports in Southwest's network of domestic
destinations. To book a flight, visit southwest.com.
AirTran Airways, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co., has been
ranked the top airline in the Airline Quality Rating study three times in the
past five years. AirTran offers coast-to-coast and near-international service
with nearly 700 flights a day on North America's newest all-Boeing fleet. The
airline's low-cost, high-quality product also includes assigned seating and
Business Class. To book a flight, visit airtran.com.
SOURCE Southwest Airlines
Contact: Southwest Airlines, +1-214-792-4847
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