DALLAS, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) plans to add 20 flights to 12 new nonstop destinations if the airline is able to acquire two additional gates at Dallas Love Field. Southwest would add nonstop service to:
- Charlotte, N.C.
- Charleston, S.C.
- Detroit, Mich.
- Indianapolis, Ind.
- Memphis, Tenn.
- Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
- Newark, N.J.
- Philadelphia, Pa.
- Raleigh/Durham, N.C.
- Sacramento, Calif.
- San Francisco, Calif.
- Seattle, Wash.
These 12 new nonstop destinations would be added to Southwest's schedule if the airline is able to obtain the rights to two Love Field gates that American Airlines must relinquish under the terms of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. These destinations would be in addition to the 15 cities that Southwest previously announced it would serve from Love Field beginning later this year, and five new nonstop destinations currently planned for service in 2015 that Southwest announces today:
- Boston, Mass. (Boston Logan)
- Oakland, Calif.
- Panama City Beach, Fla.
- Portland, Ore.
- San Jose, Calif.
"Southwest has provided North Texas with convenient, award winning service from Dallas Love Field for 43 years," said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines' Chairman, President, and CEO. "We are proud of our commitment to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. No other airline can offer the low fares, variety of destinations, and Customer Service that Southwest is committed to providing at Love Field."
With the upcoming sunset of the Wright Amendment restrictions on long-haul flights from Love Field, demand for Southwest nonstop service from the airport far exceeds the Company's current gate capacity. Access to two additional gates would allow Southwest to provide North Texas residents and visitors with the benefits of new nonstop flights to 12 additional destinations that would not otherwise be possible – a BIG win for consumers, businesses and the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.The Campbell-Hill Aviation Group recently completed a study quantifying the economic benefits of Southwest service on two additional gates at Love Field. Key points from the Campbell-Hill study show that Southwest's proposed service would:
- Reduce airfares nearly $100 per roundtrip in the 12 new Love Field markets
- Produce more than $210 million in fare savings annually to Dallas residents and visitors
- Result in 1.4 million additional passengers per year flying to and from Dallas
- Attract 350,000 new visitors to the Dallas area annually – visitors who will spend money in the local economy generating over 4,700 new jobs, $214 million in annual earnings to local workers, and $559 million in local sales per year.
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