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Southwest should start flying to these cities

Taylor1487
New Arrival

Several airports that many airlines fly to are not being serviced by Southwest. Here is a full list of airports that I think Southwest should start flying to:

 

Anchorage, Alaska (ANC)

Bakersfield, California (BFL)

Bangor, Maine (BGR)

Billings Logan, Montana (BIL)

Casper/Natrona County, Wyoming (CPR)

Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois (ORD)

Dover/Wilmington, Delaware (ILG)

Fairbanks, Alaska (FAI)

Fargo/Hector, North Dakota (FAR)

Fresno/Yosemite, California (FAT)

Green Bay, Wisconsin (GRB)

Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL)

Jackson, Mississippi (JAN)

Maui, Hawaii (JHM)

Miami, Florida (MIA)

Monterey, California (MRY)

New York (Kennedy), New York (JFK)

Palm Springs, California (PSP)

San Bernardino, California (SBD)

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (FSD)

Stockton, California (SCK)

Wheeling, West Virginia (HLG)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania (AVP)

Worcester, Massachusetts (ORH)

Yuma, Arizona (YUM)

 

Hopefully Southwest can start flying to these cities soon.

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Re: Southwest should start flying to these cities

rtbarron
Active Member

Hi Taylor!

You have some interesting airports on your list for Southwest to consider. I'm curious to know how you chose these particular airports.

Note that Southwest does plan to start service to Honolulu and Maui (OGG) soon.

Thanks for your suggestions!

Re: Southwest should start flying to these cities

Taylor1487
New Arrival

I chose these airports because they are among the largest cities in their respective states. Also, since Southwest does not fly to those airports, I know for a fact that people do not want to drive all the way to from where they live to another airport in another city that Southwest flies into. For example, I chose Yuma, Arizona because it's a big airport and Yuma is among the biggest cities in Arizona. Nobody wants to drive all the way to Phoenix or Tucson just to fly Southwest.

 

Another user mentioned that Fresno/Yosemite, California is another big airport in another densely populated city and would fill the gap of service between the Bay Area/Sacramento and Southern California. At the same time, I added Stockton and Bakersfield to the list because while those airports are smaller, the cities are also bigger. As the user further mentioned, Southwest markets itself as California's airline and rightfully so since California is a big state. 

 

Southwest serves most cities in Texas, since they are based in Dallas. Texas, like California, is another big state, hopefully they can start serving the entire United States in the future.

Re: Southwest should start flying to these cities

DancingDavidE
Top Contributor

@Taylor1487 wrote:

Several airports that many airlines fly to are not being serviced by Southwest. Here is a full list of airports that I think Southwest should start flying to:

 

 

Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois (ORD)

Jackson, Mississippi (JAN)

Miami, Florida (MIA)

New York (Kennedy), New York (JFK)

 

 

 

Hopefully Southwest can start flying to these cities soon.


Fun list, I'll second @rtbarron that I'm curious how you assembled this list. If you are personally flying to these sites then I think Southwest is interested to hear about it.

 

I can clarify a few from recent history:

 

  • ORD will be extremely difficult due to shortage of gates. Having MDW as an alternative is a great thing in my opinion, even if it is a little further away for me. I agree it would open up Southwest to more customers in the Chicago area by having a few flights there. Some people in the Chicago North Shore suburbs can get to MKE in about as much time, also a Southwest airport, and in a few cases even taking Amtrak there without driving, although daily/weekly parking is relatively cheap compared to MDW or ORD. Actually from Evanston it would probably only be 15-20 minutes longer for me at certain times of day, I should try it one of these times myself. Right now midday it's only 15 minutes longer according to Google Maps.
  • Jackson Southwest just recently stopped service after inheriting from AirTran, I would not expect them to return there if it didn't make sense a few years ago.
  • MIA is another gate-constrained location, recently expansion building activity at FLL seems to indicate no urgency to get into MIA. American has MIA on a lockdown.
  • JFK isn't one I know as well as some others - I understand it to be an expensive location to operate and offering limited advantages over LGA and EWR, and I suppose a few flights to Long Island. The international connections may benefit some passengers though. Probably hard to get gates, and expensive once you have them.

 

Edit: I don't know all the reasons to discontinue service in Jackson, MS. I'm sure it is complicated!

Home airport MDW, frequent visitor to MCO to see the mouse.

Re: Southwest should start flying to these cities

Dkbrady52
New Arrival

Palm Springs CA (PSP) is a a Airport Southwest should consider. There a several major events in the area such as Coachella, International Film Festivals, stage coach country music festival, major golf events and more. Not only would you service the valley but Riverside and other surrounding cities are close. I believe SW is losing revenue y not being there. All other major airlines fly from this airport. 

Re: Southwest should start flying to these cities

LindseyD
Retired Community Manager

I'm loving the knowledge and research represented in this thread. Thanks for starting the convo, @Taylor1487

 

Re: Southwest should start flying to these cities

DancingDavidE
Top Contributor

Dang, I had a response to this one but I don't see it here...I wonder if I forgot to hit send, or lost connectivity before it posted.

 

 Found it in the spam filter! Shouldn't mention "the other guys" by name Man LOL

 

 

 

Home airport MDW, frequent visitor to MCO to see the mouse.

Re: Southwest should start flying to these cities

rtbarron
Active Member

@DancingDavidE wrote:

Dang, I had a response to this one but I don't see it here...I wonder if I forgot to hit send, or lost connectivity before it posted.

 

 


I saw and read your response yesterday but it disappeared before I could "like" it. Could be the work of hackers from some other airline community. Or sunspots.

Re: Southwest should start flying to these cities

DancingDavidE
Top Contributor

@rtbarron wrote:

@DancingDavidE wrote:

Dang, I had a response to this one but I don't see it here...I wonder if I forgot to hit send, or lost connectivity before it posted.

 

 


I saw and read your response yesterday but it disappeared before I could "like" it. Could be the work of hackers from some other airline community. Or sunspots.


I'm posting too frequently and got caught by the spam filter! It's back now. There was one bit of speculation in there I'll edit. Smiley LOL

Home airport MDW, frequent visitor to MCO to see the mouse.

Re: Southwest should start flying to these cities

MRY-SMF
New Arrival

Fresno/Yosemite would be a good addition. It's currently served primarily by regional jets. The city itself has a population of almost 500,000 and is the 5th largest city in California, Fresno County is home to one million people, and the San Joaquin Valley is home to over 4 million people. However, the two closest Southwest cities are Oakland (170 miles) and Burbank (200 miles). Since Southwest markets itself as California's airline, FAT would be the logical next step and would fill the gap between the Bay Area/Sacramento and Southern California.

 

Monterey is in need of more service, but I don't know if it could generate the traffic needed to fill 737s. Then again, a lot of people drive to the Bay Area in search of cheaper flights and a low fare option that isn't Allegiant's once a week flight to LAS might draw a lot of passengers.