I realize it is crazy cold in most of America, but it’s summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime! At least for the Southwest published schedule, anyway . This morning we published the June 3 through August 14, 2017, schedule, including a completely re-optimized summer schedule which will begin on June 4. Lots of seasonial frequency and block time changes will reflect the movement into summer (see attachements), with quite a few permanent market entries. Let’s discuss!
FT. LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL ADDITIONS! The construction of our new international Concourse A at Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) is expected to be finished by summer 2017, and as promised, Southwest will expand our footprint with added new domestic AND international service. We will add new nonstop daily service between FLL and Washington/Dulles and Philadelphia as well as five returning roundtrips each weekday between Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando. We’ll also add new daily international roundtrips between Ft. Lauderdale and Belize, Cancun, and Montego Bay. Additionally, we’ve filed our intent with the DOT to serve Grand Cayman from Ft. Lauderdale! These new flights join existing international service between FLL and Nassau, Bahamas, and Varadero, Santa Clara, and Havana, Cuba.
TAKE THE I-5 NORTH…. Our first-ever nonstops between San Francisco International and the Pacific Northwest will begin next summer with three daily roundtrips between San Francisco and Portland. Besides linking two of the most beautiful cities on the Pacific, I like to say we’re providing a link between San Francisco’s City Lights bookstore on Columbus Avenue with Portland’s Powell City of Books downtown on Burnside. Both have to be seen to be believed—but fair warning, you can easily spend a whole day in either of them!
We will also add new permanent nonstop service between San Diego and both Boise and Salt Lake City as well as seasonal nonstops between San Diego and both Spokane and Indianapolis. At San Jose, we will reinstate daily nonstop to/from Reno-Tahoe. This will be Reno’s second route to the Bay Area, complementing our existing three daily nonstops to Oakland.
NEWS FOR NEW YORK! Southwest will begin our first transcon flights to and from Newark-Liberty by adding daily roundtrip nonstop between Newark and both Oakland and San Diego! Also new next summer will be nonstops between Newark and Indianapolis, replacing our current New York/LaGuardia-Indianapolis service. LaGaurdia will pick up twice daily nonstop service from Tampa.
ODDS AND ENDS We’ll take “Odds and Ends” for $1,000, Alex! And the answer is, next summer Southwest Airlines will add new nonstop between Atlanta and Cleveland, and between Nashville and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Please see chart below for those as well as some interesting weekend and seasonal service changes, as well as a handful of seasonal and permanent market eliminations.
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