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Book Today! Southwest Announces Holiday Schedules

‎05-18-2017 08:20 AM Weekender Bill
Weekender
‎05-18-2017 08:20 AM

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Ho-ho-ho and pass me a turkey leg!  Southwest is now accepting reservations through January 7, 2018, as the November/December schedules were made available this morning.  And, as usual, we have holiday presents to share!

 

Let’s talk International 

It may still be only a little less than three percent of our departures, but international service is still the “newest news” for Southwest!  

  • We will add two new international gateways in November with the addition of new nonstop service between beautiful Cancun and both Nashville and St. Louis, both operating each Saturday.  
  • Seasonal service between Austin and Cancun will also resume with a daily roundtrip.
  • In Denver, our nonstop will become daily to both Cabo and Puerto Vallarta further solidifying Southwest as the airline offering the most flights and destinations to Mexico from Denver.  Hey, 303!  Feel like going to Mexico?  We’re your airline!

 

Mexico City 

Mexico City is also getting a bit of a re-work, thanks to an increase in our Mexico City slot allocation. While this is your first glimpse at the changes, they actually both happen earlier than November. 

  • We’re able to move our Houston/Hobby to Mexico City late flight and Mexico City to Houston/Hobby early flight to times that are more convenient for local and connecting Customers.  Effective July 5, the late Houston/Hobby to Mexico City flight will move earlier to a 6:35 p.m. departure time, which is much more palatable than the current departure time of 9:20 p.m. 
  • The morning Mexico City to Houston/Hobby flight will move later from its current 5:30 a.m. departure to a more "civilized" departure time of 7:05 a.m. 
  • As of October 29, we’ll add a fourth roundtrip between Houston/Hobby and Mexico City

As always schedules and fares are available at southwest.com but we are SO happy to expand and improve our service to Mexico’s capital city (and one of the largest cities in the world!).

 

Ft. Lauderdale 

Meanwhile, in South Florida, we’re continuing to expand our international service in Ft. Lauderdale by adding new nonstop service to both San Jose, CR and Punta Cana, DR.  Both are super popular destinations and we know these new flights enable even more of our Customers to find Caribbean paradise. (We’ve got numbers!!)

 

Domestic Travel Changes

Domestically we’ve got a few tweaks in store, as well!

  • In Milwaukee, we’re “moving some cheese” by reworking our schedule. We’ll add new nonstop service between Milwaukee and both Nashville and Cleveland (both with two daily roundtrips) and bring back seasonal nonstop between Brew City and Ft. Lauderdale and Ft. Meyers.  At the same time we’ll discontinue nonstop between Milwaukee and Minneapolis/St. Paul, and discontinue seasonal service between Milwaukee and San Diego and San Francisco.
  • Seasonally, we’ve got some old friends returning for our winter travelers, such as: Ft. Lauderdale to Columbus, Milwaukee, and Albany; and Ft. Myers to Hartford. 
  • Weekend additions (both domestic and international) include: Dallas/Love to Reno/Tahoe, Baltimore to both San Jose and Liberia, and Aruba to Houston/Hobby. 

Lots more cool info in the chart attached!

 

Have a GREAT weekend, everyone and if you have a question just post a comment.  I’ll “have my ears on!”

20 Comments
Tourist ryanrap1
Tourist

Is there an attachment with all the current routes and frequency changes from each station?

Adventure Seeker ober7212
Adventure Seeker

Thanks as always Bill! Having connected to/from MSP via MKE, I understand the cut. MSP will be down to roughly 23 daily departures. Lowest in a few years, if I recall. Hopefully, we can start to see new routes with the addition/replacement of aircraft in 2018. It seems rather disappointing to not see MSP hit some sort of higher growth, given other carriers more rapidly expanding offerings at MSP.

 

steve 

Tourist tayers01
Tourist

I just checked the holiday schedule today and you do realize that eliminating the lowest fares is the same as blackout periods.....transfarency?

Weekender Bill
Weekender

Tayers--give it a bit.  I'm not in Pricing, I'm a schedules guy, but I know that sometimes, it takes a little time for the inventory police to get the correct levels. 

 

Bill

Weekender Bill
Weekender

Hey Ober7212!!!  We're a little constrained in the Humphreys Terminal, with only 4 gates.  Still, we could add more, we just have to pace ourselves, with aircraft retirements being balanced with new 737-MAX8 deliveries.  Trust me, we love the Twin Cities, and our Co-Hearts there at the airport are both excellent and loving as a casserole full of hotdish in February.  Smiley Happy  (I have dear friends there and up in Tracy, MN, so I know Minnesota well!)

 

Bill

Adventure Seeker ober7212
Adventure Seeker

Thanks for the quick reply Bill! I guess I thought you had 5 gates, given one is an A and B gate. Maybe you can still only place one aircraft there. Are you at the mercy of MAC and airport officials to add on? My recollection is 2020 for additional gates at Humphrey.

 

steve

Tourist DJH
Tourist

Hi Bill!  I am planning to go to Cabo during Thanksgiving week.  Do you know if there will be additional flights scheduled?  There are 2 currently but both have layovers.  I have gone to Cabo before and it was a direct flight.  Our to/from days will be Saturdays

Tourist Tkoren
Tourist

Why did the nonstops between MKE and MSP end? We traveled that route frequently and will now have to use Delta which still has the nonstop flights between MKE and MSP.

Adventure Seeker ober7212
Adventure Seeker

Tkoren,

 

the loads on MSP-MKE aren't good. Mainly, half the seats filled. This is per DOT records I have found.

 

 

Tourist eerickso
Tourist

I'm new here (this is my first post) so I'm still trying to figure my way around. That said, I fly to GCM a lot (pretty much monthly) so I was thrilled when I saw flights starting from FLL in June. I already have two trips booked. When I saw holiday flights opening, I went to book and the pricing on those fllights is exhorbitant (i.e., over $900 vs. flying Cayman Airways from MIA at $234.50 RT for December 22 to January 2). Needless to say, as much as I hate flying out of MIA, I booked the Cayman Air flights. Is this typical? Or do other lower fares usually open up later? 

Adventure Seeker ober7212
Adventure Seeker

eerickso,

 

Yes, normal.  Lower fares "might" open up later.  I have had luck for Spring Break.

New Arrival klmeyer80
New Arrival

Are you still going to be offering flights to Turks and Caicos starting in November?  Any idea when the schedules will be posted if you are?

Tourist eerickso
Tourist

Thanks, ober7212. Unfortunately, I'm one of those people who always plans ahead - especially for holiday travel. Guess I'll be trekking down to MIA and back at least one more time ... Hopefully I'll have better luck with other SW flights in the future. (One plus is I'm seeing more competitive pricing for the Cayman Airways flights than I've ever seen in the past. I really can't complain about a sub-$500 total cost for two of us over Christmas and New Year's!)

Weekender Bill
Weekender

Hey DJH--where are you flying out of?

 

Bill

Weekender Bill
Weekender

klmyer80, our new service to PLS should be posted soon.  Stay tuned!

 

Bill

Weekender Bill
Weekender

steve, those dates keep shifting, and even if we had all the gates we could want in MSP we're still airplane constrained.  But for an airport that twenty years ago we were told that we'd *never* serve, I'm happy with what we got and will accept baby steps in growth there!    Besides, any airport that has a train that goes directly to one of the largest shopping malls in the world is okay in my book!!  Smiley Happy

 

Bill

Tourist mensa58
Tourist

Love it, at least the IAD/SLC options.  Last year I was disappointed there was nothing that got me to SLC in the morning, which means I had to fly in the day before my event (and buy an extra hotel night).  This year you're back to a morning arrival so I'm all set!  Luv Southwest.

Tourist kkfla737
Tourist

First post here. Any chance we'll have the usual PDF with all the systemwide roundtrips for this booking period? That always makes for good reading. Thanks! 

Tourist DJH
Tourist

Bill -  Sorry I forgot that part.  We would be flying out of BWI to SJD for Thanksgiving week 11/18-11/25.  It looks like they aren't offering as many flights and the non-stop isn't offered at all Smiley Sad

Tourist frank_warren
Tourist

So BIll.  If you were a betting man, which would you bet on happening first:

 

1) Southwest flights to Alaska?

2) Southwest flights to Canada?  (Side question -- did the new res system resolve the currency issue?)

3) Southwest flights to Hawaii?

4) Southwest operated 737-900s (or MAX9s)?

5) Southwest operating something bigger than a 737?

6) Southwest operating something smaller than a 737?