Southwest Airlines Applies For Additional Slots At Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport To Serve Houston Hobby

 Southwest Airlines Applies For Additional Slots At Ronald Reagan Washington
                   National Airport To Serve Houston Hobby

Airline Launches Website For Travelers to Voice Their Support

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Dec. 7, 2012

DALLAS, Dec. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today
announced ithas filed an application withthe U.S. Department of
Transportation (DOT) for slot exemptions that would allow Southwest to offer
nonstop service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and
William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). The proposed service is possible due to
Spirit Airlines' discontinued use of the slot exemptions, which are available
for use inside Washington National's traditional 1,250 mile service perimeter.

Southwest's application points out that current average fares for nonstop
service between Houston and Washington National are more than 60 percent
higher than Southwest's average nonstop fare between Houston and
Baltimore/Washington International (BWI), a similar distance. Southwest
projects that its proposed HOU-DCA service would attract tens of thousands of
new Passengers and save consumers millions of dollars annually.

As part of the effort to bring a low-fare alternative to the HOU-DCA market,
Southwest is unveiling Visitors to can receive additional information and sign a
petition in support of Southwest's proposed service.

"Houston is one of Southwest Airlines' three original cities, and this
proposed new service is another example of our strong commitment to continue
adding value to the community," said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chairman,
President, and CEO. "By taking action now at,
Houstonians and all travelers can make their voices heard that competition is
a good thing, and lower fares are vitally important in these challenging
economic times."

A decision by the DOT is expected in the first quarter of 2013. Southwest is
prepared to begin service this spring if awarded the slots.

Southwest has served Houston since June 18, 1971, and currently has more than
2,700 HOU Employees serving 143 flights every day. Earlier this year, the
Houston City Council approved the carrier's proposal to construct a new
five-gate international facility at Hobby Airport. This new service is
scheduled to begin in 2015.

In its 42nd 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™.

SOURCE Southwest Airlines

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