DALLAS, TX – Southwest Airlines announced today flights commencing from Minneapolis-St. Paul beginning on March 8, 2009. During a media conference at the landmark Mall of America, Southwest Airlines executive vice president of corporate services Ron Ricks announced that the airline will begin service with eight, daily, nonstop flights to Chicago Midway.
“Southwest Airlines is famous for increasing traffic and decreasing fares when we enter a market, and it already appears that ‘the Southwest Effect’ is alive and well in Minneapolis-St. Paul,” Ricks said. “The people of Minnesota have been asking for Southwest Airlines service for many years, and we can’t wait to introduce them to our legendary customer service, as well as our low fares, ontime flights, and no hidden fees.”
In addition to the eight, daily, nonstop flights to Chicago Midway, Southwest Airlines will offer direct or connecting service to more than 30 destinations, including: Las Vegas, Denver, Los Angeles, Houston, and Baltimore/Washington, just to name a few. Southwest Airlines will operate from Gate 7 in the Humphrey Terminal and will have about 35 full-time employees.
“For over a decade we’ve worked diligently to attract Southwest Airlines to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport,” said Metropolitan Airport Commission chairman Jack Lanners. “Southwest’s new service, beginning March 8, 2009, will provide Minnesotans a low-cost alternative accessing the Southwest Airlines route system. For many years there has been a strong interest in having Southwest Airlines serve our community. Our airport’s low-cost operating structure is one factor that helped make it possible for Southwest to enter the Minnesota market. We look forward to a successful partnership with Southwest Airlines providing new, low-cost, air service meeting our travel needs.”