In early September, Southwest Airlines announced that it would be starting service to two new cities: Miami, Florida (MIA) and Palm Springs, California (PSP). The announcement that Southwest was entering Miami was met with reactions varying from shock to “it’s about time”, given the American Airlines stronghold is once again facing competition from another carrier (after Delta’s announcement at the start of 2020).
In the release, Southwest Airlines Chairman & CEO Gary Kelly had the following to say about the matter:
“Our service to both of these airports will bring new, relevant options for our core Customers. Gradually, they’re rediscovering leisure travel across the country as their own situations allow. Adding these specific airports to our route map will bring us access to additional revenue at a critical time. It matches our available fleet with demand for very popular destinations.”
In a separate update, they are also adding Montrose, Colorado, which is about 90 minutes away from the popular ski town of Telluride.
“We are thrilled to welcome Southwest as a partner in western Colorado to Telluride and the Montrose Airport, providing new and expansive access for both incoming visitors and our residents,” said Matt Skinner, CEO of Colorado Flights Alliance, the air service development organization for the region. “Southwest’s dedication to service and the traveler mirrors our own, and we look forward to welcoming their loyal customers to our ski slopes, national parks, and some of the most renowned scenery in North America.”
Based on the new route details, there are no surprises as all three destinations link back to a number of their main operating bases.
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Daily flights to Miami will start from November 15, 2020 as follows:
- Baltimore Washington (BWI) – 4x Daily
- Chicago Midway (MDW) – 1x Daily
- Houston Hobby (HOU) – 4x Daily
- Tampa (TPA) – 3x Daily
Palm Springs, California
Daily flights to Palm Springs will also start from November 15, 2020 as follows:
- Denver (DEN) – 1x Daily
- Oakland (OAK) – 2x Daily
- Phoenix (PHX) – 3x Daily
Unlike above, flights to Montrose will fit more inline with the seaonal winter season, beginning from December 19, 2020 and lasting until April 5, 2021 as follows:
- Dallas Love (DAL) – 1x Daily
- Denver (DEN) – 3x Daily
The article has since been updated to reflect seasonal information about the Montrose route, along with a snippet from the press release.
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