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Southwest Airlines And AirTran Airways Extend Schedules Through May 2013 With New Southwest Destinations

DALLAS, Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced today future service details affecting four AirTran Airways cities that will convert to Southwest Airlines service in Spring 2013.

Beginning April 14, 2013, Southwest Airlines Nonstop Service will be offered between:
  • Charlotte and Baltimore/Washington, Chicago ( Midway), Houston (Hobby), and Orlando
  • Flint and Baltimore/Washington, Orlando, and Tampa Bay
  • Portland, Maine and Baltimore/Washington
  • Rochester and Baltimore/Washington, Chicago ( Midway), Orlando, and Tampa Bay

AirTran service in these cities will end the previous day, April 13, 2013.

To celebrate the new service, the carrier announced a fare sale offering one-way fares on the new routes of between $69 and $159. For example, Customers may travel for $69 one-way between Baltimore/Washington and Charlotte.  Between Chicago ( Midway) and Rochester, fares are as low as $99 one-way.  These fares must be booked by Oct. 28 for travel between April 14 and May 22, 2013. See fare rules below. To take advantage of these special fares, visit

The newly released flight schedule extends to May 31, 2013, the booking window for travel on both Southwest and AirTran.  To download flight schedules for these new Southwest Cities and view an updated map of the Southwest and AirTran networks, visit .

New International Service

In addition to seasonal and other itinerary changes across the 97 destinations served by both carriers, AirTran's international footprint grows with the new schedule to include new, daily service beginning April 14, 2013, between Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and Baltimore/Washington, subject to applicable governmental approval. 

Additional New Service on Southwest Airlines beginning April 14, 2013:
  • One daily nonstop flight between Boston Logan and Kansas City
  • One daily nonstop flight between Houston (Hobby) and Pittsburgh


Fares are available only on and and can be purchased today, through Oct. 28, 2012, 11:59 pm PT.  Travel must take place between April 14, 2013, and May 22, 2013.  Fares are valid for travel every day except Sundays; with the exception of April 14, 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.

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