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Southwest Airlines to Offer Service to New York

April 7, 2009

Southwest Airlines said today that they will begin flights to New York’s LaGuardia Airport in June, the carrier’s first entry into the major market.

I have always LOVED Southwest Airlines and am happy to see them finally serving the New York market.

From the Associated Press:

The Dallas-based company will have eight daily nonstop flights — five between LaGuardia and Chicago Midway and three between LaGuardia and Baltimore/Washington. A one-way ticket to Baltimore/Washington will run $49, while a Chicago one-way fare will cost $89 if purchased 14 days in advance.

Southwest will also provide direct or connecting service from New York to locations such as Las Vegas, Denver, Seattle, San Diego and Los Angeles.

In December Southwest agreed to pay $7.5 million for assets of ATA Airlines, including 14 takeoff and landing slots at LaGuardia, after receiving a bankruptcy judge’s approval. At the time the purchase was somewhat of a departure for the airline, as it had previously steered clear of service at congested urban airports in favor of secondary airports where crews could service and clean planes and get them back in the air quickly.

The LaGuardia addition will now put Southwest in the company of low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways Corp., which also services the airport but does not provide Chicago or Baltimore/Washington flights from the hub. JetBlue does however offer flights to the cities from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Prior to LaGuardia, Southwest’s closest hub for New York-based travelers was Long Island’s Islip Airport.