Southwest Airlines Announces 5 New Routes
Southwest has announced a nee expansion with five new routs and flights to two new cites in California. Santa Barbara and Fresno will become the 12th and 13th cities in California served by Southwest once service begins in April of this year.
These addition will add to the rivalry between America’s largest low-cost carrier and Alaska Airlines. The latter currently serves 15 cities in California.
“We’re boldly launching this eagerly anticipated new year by doubling-down on our consistent commitment to California to offer our value and flexibility to now 13 airports in the state,” said Andrew Watterson, Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, said in the press release. “Not only does Southwest Airlines celebrate 50 years of service in 2021, we’re gratefully acknowledging the support of Californians who have made us the largest air carrier of fliers traveling nonstop to, from, and within The Golden State for 20 consecutive years.”
Starting April 12, 2021, Southwest Customers will be able to fly between Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) and more than 50 airports with three destinations offered nonstop: Denver, Las Vegas, and Oakland. Two weeks after, starting April 25, 2021, Southwest will begin flying to/from Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) with two destinations offered nonstop: Denver and Las Vegas. These new flights are available for purchase now at Southwest.com.
Southwest has added some smaller cities to its footprint during the pandemic such as Sarasota in Florida, Jackson in Mississippi, Colorado Springs and more. But the airline has also moved into some major airports such as Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport or Miami International Airport.