Support Continues To Grow For Southwest's Proposed Service Between Houston's William P. Hobby Airport And Ronald Reagan

 Support Continues To Grow For Southwest's Proposed Service Between Houston's
    William P. Hobby Airport And Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

More than Ten Thousand Supporters Sign Petition to Bring Low-fare Alternative
to the Houston-Washington, D.C. Market

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Dec. 21, 2012

DALLAS, Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today
announced that less than two weeks after unveiling ,
more than 10,000 supporters signed a petition advocating for nonstop service
between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and William P. Hobby
Airport (HOU), with same-plane, continuing service to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Earlier this month, Southwest filed an application with the U.S. Department of
Transportation (DOT) for slot exemptions that would allow the carrier to offer
nonstop service between DCA and 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.

In addition to the more than 10,000 supporters who endorsed the petition, many
federal, state, and local officials—including four United States Senators and
30 Members of Congress from Texas and New Mexico, as well as the Mayors of
Houston and Albuquerque—voiced their support through letters to U.S. Secretary
of Transportation Ray LaHood. Other supporters include the City of Houston and
the Greater Houston Partnership, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the
Houston Area Urban League, and the Association of Commerce and Industry of New
Mexico, just to name a few.

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 operating 143 daily flights. Earlier this year, the
Houston City Council approved Southwest'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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