Southwest Airlines Announces Fares And Flight Schedule To Officially Launch Service In Wichita, Kansas

 Southwest Airlines Announces Fares And Flight Schedule To Officially Launch
                          Service In Wichita, Kansas

Southwest Airlines Continues Integration with AirTran Airways by Fully
Converting all Flying to Southwest in Wichita Beginning on June 2, 2013

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Nov. 19, 2012

DALLAS, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced
today the carrier will add an 85^th destination to its route map with service
to Wichita, Kansas, beginning in June 2013. Southwest starts service in
Wichita on June 2, 2013, with a total of five daily flights offering nonstop
service to Dallas, Chicago Midway, and Las Vegas. Southwest will assume all
flying from AirTran Airways, its wholly-owned subsidiary, with AirTran's
operations at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport fully converting to Southwest
Airlines. AirTran currently serves Wichita with three daily nonstop flights
to Atlanta.

To celebrate the new Wichita service, Southwest announced a fare sale of $89*
one-way between Wichita and Dallas (Love Field), as well as $109* one-way
between Wichita and both Chicago Midway and Las Vegas. These fares must be
booked by Nov. 25, 2012, for travel every day except Fridays and Sundays
between June 3, 2013, and Aug. 8, 2013 (blackout dates of July 3, 6, and 7,
2013 apply). See fare rules below. To take advantage of these special fares,
visit Southwest also announced today that the airline has
extended its flight schedule for travel between June 2, 2013, and Aug. 9,

"Southwest Airlines is proud to bring low fares, great Customer Service, and
our red-bellied Boeing 737s to Wichita," said Bob Montgomery, Southwest
Airlines' Vice President of Airport Affairs. "We know the Wichita community
has been anxious for Southwest's arrival, and we've been equally excited about
the prospect of serving Mid-Continent Airport. In June 2013, that wait will
be over!"

"Today's announcement is fantastic news for Wichita and the state of Kansas,"
said Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. "Southwest Airlines will contribute
significantly to our quality of life in Kansas and to our economy statewide.
Affordable flights and flight choices are essential for keeping the cost of
business competitive and having Southwest at Mid-Continent Airport makes south
central Kansas more accessible to the rest of the country. We can't wait to
book our flight!"

"I'm excited that we now know when Southwest Airlines will begin service at
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport and the destinations they will be serving," said
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer. "We're thrilled that they'll be continuing our
history of providing low air fares in this region. The presence of Southwest
Airlines will benefit both business and leisure travelers and will support our
collaborative efforts to retain and create jobs. It's going to be great to
have the Southwest Airlines reputation and brand at our airport, especially
when our new terminal opens!"

Southwest's Wichita Service:

  oTwo daily nonstop flights between Wichita and Dallas Love Field
  oTwo daily nonstop flights between Wichita and Chicago Midway
  oOne daily nonstop flight between Wichita and Las Vegas

In its 42^nd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV)
continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer
Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million
Customers annually. Southwest is the nation's largest carrier in terms of
originating passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran
Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve
97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries. Southwest is one of the
most honored airlines in the world, known for its commitment to the triple
bottom line of Performance, People and Planet. To read about how Southwest is
doing its part to be a good corporate citizen, visit
to read the Southwest Airlines One Report™.

Southwest Airlines
From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of
unprecedented affordability in air travel quantified by the U.S. Department of
Transportation as "The Southwest Effect," a lowering of fares and increase in
passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves. On every flight, Southwest
offers Customers the first two pieces of checked luggage (weight and size
limitations apply) and all ticket changes without additional fees. Southwest's
all Boeing fleet consistently offers leather seating and the comfort of
full-size cabins, many of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi
connectivity and a new, eco-friendly cabin interior. With 39 consecutive
years of profitability, the People of Southwest operate more than 3,100
flights a day and serve communities around 78 airports in Southwest's network
of domestic destinations. Southwest Airlines' frequent flights and low fares
are available only at

AirTran Airways
AirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co., offers
coast-to-coast and near-international service with close to 600 flights a day
to 54 destinations. The carrier's high-quality product includes assigned
seating and Business Class. As Southwest continues to integrate AirTran's
People, places, and planes into Southwest Airlines, Customers of both carriers
may book flights at and exchange earned loyalty points between
both AirTran's A+ Rewards® and Southwest's Rapid Rewards® for reward travel on
either airline.

Fares are available on and and can be
purchased today, through Dec. 16, 2012, 11:59 pm PST. Travel must take place
between June 3, 2013, and Aug. 8, 2013. Blackout dates of July 3, 6, and 7,
2013, applies. Fares are valid for travel every day except Fridays and all
Sundays beyond 6/2/2013. Seats are limited. Fares may vary by destinations,
flight, and day of week and won't be available on some flights that operate
during very busy travel times and holiday periods. Fares are available for
one-way travel. Fares may be combined with other combinable fares, except
Senior Fares. When combining fares, all rules and restrictions apply. Fares
are nonrefundable but may be applied toward the purchase of future travel on
Southwest Airlines. Fares are not available through the Group Desk. Any
change in the itinerary may result in an increase in fare. Standby travel
requires an upgrade to the Anytime fare. Fares are subject to change until
ticketed. Fares are valid on published, scheduled service only.

* Government-imposed taxes and fees are now included in the advertised fare.
To comply with new government regulations, all airlines must include
government-imposed taxes and fees in advertised air fares.

SOURCE Southwest Airlines

Contact: Southwest Airlines, +1-214-792-4847
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