Southwest Airlines Announces New Service Between Chicago (Midway) And Both Dominican Republic & Jamaica Operated By AirTran

  Southwest Airlines Announces New Service Between Chicago (Midway) And Both
           Dominican Republic & Jamaica Operated By AirTran Airways

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Jan. 10, 2013

DALLAS, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today
began offering for sale new nonstop service between Chicago (Midway) and both
Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The flights available for sale now at will begin this spring,
subject to governmental approvals, and will be operated by Southwest's wholly
owned subsidiary AirTran Airways.

"These new international markets make sense for our Chicagoland Customers as
we approach connecting the Southwest and AirTran route networks in the coming
months," said Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines' Executive Vice President and
Chief Commercial Officer and AirTran Airways President. "AirTran and
Southwest serve more than sixty destinations nonstop from Chicago and these
additions open up new international options for those Customers."

AirTran Airways nonstop flights between Chicago (Midway) and Montego Bay*:

  oBegin Sunday, April 14
  oWill operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays

AirTran Airways nonstop flights between Chicago (Midway) and Punta Cana*:

  oBegin Sunday, May 19
  oWill operate on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays

*air service subject to governmental approvals

Southwest and AirTran currently operate a combined 200+ daily departures from
Chicago (Midway) including daily service to Cancun, Mexico, which began in May


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.

SOURCE Southwest Airlines

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