Southwest Airlines announces new service

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DALLAS, Texas – Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways today each released flight schedules for January 8, 2012, through March 9, 2012. Today’s schedule release reflects the first effort by Southwest and AirTran to coordinate published schedules. While the airlines’ networks are not connected at this point, both airlines are working together to publish the best flight schedules to the places customers want to go.

The schedule coordination is a first effort by both airlines to maximize operations and prepare for full integration. Southwest Airlines has also continued to optimize its network to better match capacity to demand. Customers will see some shifts in capacity due to the typical slowing of demand in the winter months matching supply of seats with passenger demand, and continued pruning of unproductive flying due to high fuel costs. Southwest is pleased to announce some additional routes coming into the schedule. To book Southwest flights through March 9, 2012, please visit: www.southwest.com. To view a comprehensive chart of the Southwest schedule changes, please visit www.swamedia.com.

BEGINNING JANUARY 7, 2012 (open for sale today):

One new daily nonstop roundtrip between Nashville and Fort Myers.
One new daily nonstop roundtrip between Denver and Providence.
One new daily nonstop roundtrip between Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and Manchester.
One new daily nonstop roundtrip between Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and Milwaukee.

BEGINNING FEBRUARY 12, 2012 (open for sale today):

One new daily nonstop roundtrip between Long Island/Islip and Fort Myers.

“As we move toward full integration, we continue looking for ways to optimize operations and schedules at both Southwest and AirTran,” said Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President of Strategy and Planning and AirTran Airways President. “The airline industry is facing many challenges including significantly higher fuel costs. We must do everything we can to operate efficiently, continue to offer schedules that best match capacity to demand, and deliver the legendary Customer Service both airlines are known for.”