List of Southwest Airlines destinations

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As of July 2019, Southwest Airlines has scheduled flights to 101 destinations[1] in 41 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, the newest being Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on May 12, 2019. The airline has 15 focus cities and operates over 4,000 flights each day.[2]

Destinations[edit]

Southwest does not use the "hub and spoke" system of other major airlines, preferring instead the "point-to-point" system with focus cities.[3] It has large operations in certain airports. An average of 80 percent of Southwest passengers are local passengers— only 20 percent of all passengers are connecting passengers. This is higher than most airlines, where many passengers connect in hub cities. However, at Southwest's focus cities, the percentage of connecting passengers can reach 30 percent.[4] Recent numbers indicate that the number of connecting passengers is steadily rising.[5]

As part of its effort to control costs, Southwest sometimes uses secondary airports in cities with high costs. Secondary airports have lower costs and may be more convenient to travelers than major airports. Some examples include:

AirTran cities acquired by Southwest[edit]

Through Southwest's acquisition of AirTran Airways, Southwest opened a focus city in Atlanta and acquired additional slots at Washington–National and New York–LaGuardia. In addition, Southwest added service to the following destinations.[6]

International service[edit]

Southwest began planning international service when it acquired AirTran, which already served international destinations. Southwest's first approach to international service came on April 19, 2012 when it signed a contract with the Amadeus IT Group to launch an international reservation system. This agreement gave the airline the capability to begin flying to destinations outside of the United States.[7]

Southwest debuted the international reservation system on January 27, 2014 when its first international flights went on sale. This was followed by the first international flights which began on July 1, 2014 to Aruba (AUA), Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) and Nassau, Bahamas (NAS).

Southwest built a 5 gate international terminal at William P. Hobby Airport that opened in 2015. Southwest also built a 5 gate international terminal in Fort Lauderdale that opened in 2017.[8]

Hawaii service[edit]

On October 11, 2017, Southwest announced they plan to begin selling service to Hawaii beginning in 2018, pending government approval. The airline announced that the flights to Hawaii will be operated from four California cities: Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, and Sacramento, utilizing their Boeing 737-800, and eventually 737 MAX 8 aircraft. As announced Southwest Airlines will begin service to the following destinations: Honolulu (Daniel K. Inouye International Airport), Kahului (Kahului Airport), Kailua-Kona (Kona International Airport), Lihue (Lihue Airport), and Hilo (Hilo International Airport).[9][10][11][12] Service started March 17, 2019 from Oakland to Honolulu.

Table[edit]

As of June 2019, Southwest Airlines serves 101 destinations:

Operating Base
Focus city
Future destination
Country (State/Province) City Airport City Count Begin End Refs
Aruba Oranjestad Queen Beatrix International Airport 85 2014 Present
Bahamas Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport 86 2014 Present
Belize Belize City Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport 92 2015 Present
Cayman Islands George Town Owen Roberts International Airport 96 2017 Present [13]
Costa Rica Liberia Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport 93 2015 Present
Costa Rica San José Juan Santamaría International Airport 90 2015 Present
Cuba Havana José Martí International Airport 95 2016 Present
Dominican Republic Punta Cana Punta Cana International Airport 89 2014 Present
Jamaica Montego Bay Sangster International Airport 84 2014 Present
Mexico (Baja California Sur) San José del Cabo Los Cabos International Airport 88 2014 Present
Mexico (Jalisco) Puerto Vallarta Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport 91 2015 Present
Mexico (Quintana Roo) Cancún Cancún International Airport 87 2014 Present
Turks and Caicos Islands Providenciales Providenciales International Airport 98 2017 Present [14]
United States (Alabama) Birmingham Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport 25 1987 Present
United States (Arizona) Phoenix Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport 16 1982 Present
United States (Arizona) Tucson Tucson International Airport 43 1994 Present
United States (Arkansas) Little Rock Little Rock National Airport 20 1984 Present
United States (California) Burbank Hollywood Burbank Airport 29 1990 Present
United States (California) Long Beach Long Beach Airport 94 2016 Present
United States (California) Los Angeles Los Angeles International Airport 19 1982 Present
United States (California) Oakland Oakland International Airport 28 1989 Present
United States (California) Ontario Ontario International Airport 23 1985 Present
United States (California) Orange County John Wayne Airport 37 1994 Present
United States (California) Sacramento Sacramento International Airport 31 1991 Present
United States (California) San Diego San Diego International Airport 17 1982 Present
United States (California) San Francisco San Francisco International Airport 63 1982, 2007 2001, Present
United States (California) San José San Jose International Airport 35 1993 Present
United States (Colorado) Denver Denver International Airport 61 2006 Present
United States (Connecticut) Hartford Bradley International Airport 53 1999 Present
United States (Florida) Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport 45 1996 Present
United States (Florida) Fort Myers Southwest Florida International Airport 60 2005 Present
United States (Florida) Jacksonville Jacksonville International Airport 49 1997 Present
United States (Florida) Orlando Orlando International Airport 47 1996 Present
United States (Florida) Palm Beach Palm Beach International Airport 56 2001 Present
United States (Florida) Panama City Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport 68 2010 Present
United States (Florida) Pensacola Pensacola International Airport 82 2013 Present
United States (Florida) Tampa Tampa International Airport 46 1996 Present
United States (Georgia) Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 72 2012 Present
United States (Hawaii) Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport 99 2019 Present [15]
United States (Hawaii) Kahului Kahului Airport 100 2019 Present [15]
United States (Hawaii) Kailua-Kona Kona International Airport 101 2019 Present [15]
United States (Idaho) Boise Boise Airport 41 1994 Present
United States (Illinois) Chicago Chicago Midway International Airport 21 1985 Present
United States (Indiana) Indianapolis Indianapolis International Airport 27 1989 Present
United States (Iowa) Des Moines Des Moines International Airport 74 2012 Present
United States (Kansas) Wichita Wichita Eisenhower National Airport 79 2013 Present
United States (Kentucky) Covington/Cincinnati Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport 97 2017 Present [16]
United States (Kentucky) Louisville Louisville International Airport 34 1993 Present
United States (Louisiana) New Orleans Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport 11 1979 Present
United States (Maine) Portland, ME Portland International Jetport 78 2013 Present
United States (Maryland) Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Baltimore-Washington International Airport 36 1993 Present
United States (Massachusetts) Boston Logan International Airport 66 2009 Present
United States (Michigan) Detroit Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport 26 1987 Present
United States (Michigan) Grand Rapids Gerald R. Ford International Airport 80 2013 Present
United States (Minnesota) Minneapolis/St. Paul Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport 64 2009 Present
United States (Missouri) Kansas City Kansas City International Airport 18 1982 Present
United States (Missouri) St. Louis St. Louis Lambert International Airport 22 1985 Present
United States (Nebraska) Omaha Eppley Airfield 44 1995 Present
United States (Nevada) Las Vegas McCarran International Airport 15 1982 Present
United States (Nevada) Reno/Tahoe Reno-Tahoe International Airport 30 1990 Present
United States (New Hampshire) Manchester Manchester-Boston Regional Airport 50 1998 Present
United States (New Jersey) Newark Newark Liberty International Airport 71 2011 Present
United States (New Mexico) Albuquerque Albuquerque International Sunport 14 1980 Present
United States (New York) Albany, NY Albany International Airport 54 2000 Present
United States (New York) Buffalo Buffalo Niagara International Airport 55 2000 Present
United States (New York) Long Island/Islip Long Island MacArthur Airport 51 1999 Present
United States (New York) New York City LaGuardia Airport 65 2009 Present
United States (New York) Rochester Greater Rochester International Airport 77 2013 Present
United States (North Carolina) Charlotte Charlotte/Douglas International Airport 75 2013 Present
United States (North Carolina) Raleigh-Durham Raleigh-Durham International Airport 52 1999 Present
United States (Ohio) Cleveland Cleveland Hopkins International Airport 32 1992 Present
United States (Ohio) Columbus John Glenn Columbus International Airport 33 1992 Present
United States (Oklahoma) Oklahoma City Will Rogers World Airport 12 1980 Present
United States (Oklahoma) Tulsa Tulsa International Airport 13 1980 Present
United States (Oregon) Portland, OR Portland International Airport 38 1994 Present
United States (Pennsylvania) Philadelphia Philadelphia International Airport 58 2004 Present
United States (Pennsylvania) Pittsburgh Pittsburgh International Airport 59 2005 Present
United States (Puerto Rico) San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport 76 2013 Present
United States (Rhode Island) Providence T. F. Green Airport 48 1996 Present
United States (South Carolina) Charleston Charleston International Airport 70 2011 Present
United States (South Carolina) Greenville/Spartanburg Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport 69 2011 Present
United States (Tennessee) Memphis Memphis International Airport 81 2013 Present
United States (Tennessee) Nashville Nashville International Airport 24 1986 Present
United States (Texas) Amarillo Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport 10 1978 Present
United States (Texas) Austin Austin-Bergstrom International Airport 9 1977 Present
United States (Texas) Corpus Christi Corpus Christi International Airport 5 1977 Present
United States (Texas) Dallas Dallas Love Field 1 1971 Present
United States (Texas) El Paso El Paso International Airport 8 1977 Present
United States (Texas) Harlingen/South Padre Island Valley International Airport 4 1975 Present
United States (Texas) Houston William P. Hobby Airport 3 1971 Present
United States (Texas) Lubbock Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport 6 1977 Present
United States (Texas) Midland/Odessa Midland International Airport 7 1977 Present
United States (Texas) San Antonio San Antonio International Airport 2 1971 Present
United States (Utah) Salt Lake City Salt Lake City International Airport 42 1994 Present
United States (Virginia) Norfolk Norfolk International Airport 57 2001 Present
United States (Virginia) Richmond Richmond International Airport 83 2013 Present
United States (Virginia) Washington, D.C./Arlington Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport 73 2012 Present
United States (Virginia) Dulles Washington Dulles International Airport 62 2006 Present
United States (Washington) Seattle/Tacoma Seattle–Tacoma International Airport 39 1994 Present
United States (Washington) Spokane Spokane International Airport 40 1994 Present
United States (Wisconsin) Milwaukee Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport 67 2009 Present

Terminated destinations[edit]

Country (State/Province) City Airport City Count Begin End Refs
Cuba Santa Clara Abel Santamaría Airport 2016 2017 [17]
Cuba Varadero Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport 2016 2017 [17]
Mexico Mexico City Mexico City International Airport 2012 (AirTran) 2019 [18]
United States (Colorado) Denver Stapleton International Airport 1983 1986 [19]
United States (Florida) Key West Key West International Airport 2012 2014 [20]
United States (Michigan) Detroit Coleman A. Young International Airport 1988 1993 [19]
United States (Michigan) Flint Bishop International Airport 2013 2018 [21]
United States (Mississippi) Jackson Jackson International Airport 1997 2014 [20]
United States (Missouri) Branson Branson Airport 2013 2014 [20]
United States (Ohio) Akron/Canton Akron-Canton Regional Airport 2012 (AirTran) 2017 [22]
United States (Ohio) Dayton Dayton International Airport 2012 (AirTran) 2017 [22]
United States (Texas) Beaumont/Port Arthur Jack Brooks Regional Airport 1979 1980 [19]
United States (Texas) Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport 1971, 1980 1972, 2005 [19]
United States (Wyoming) Jackson Hole Jackson Hole Airport 1985 1986

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Southwest Corporate Fact Sheet - Corporate Fact Sheet - Southwest Airlines Newsroom". swamedia.com.
  3. ^ "Southwest route map". FlightConnections.com. June 2, 2019. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  4. ^ Jeremy Sickler. "Chapter 7: Flight Arrival Flow: Southwest vs. Legacy Carriers". Archived from the original on May 19, 2004. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  5. ^ Maxon, Terry. "Factoids from Southwest Airlines' annual report". Dallas News. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
  6. ^ Southwest Airlines (January 20, 2012). "Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways Confirm Plans to Maintain AirTran Airways Operations at 22 Domestic and International Airports - Southwest Airlines Newsroom". Southwest Airlines. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
  7. ^ "Southwest Airlines Newsroom: Releases". Swamedia.com. April 19, 2012. Archived from the original on December 17, 2013. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
  8. ^ "Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport overhauls terminal to add international travel". Sun Sentinel.
  9. ^ "Hawaii, here we come!". Southwest Media. March 4, 2019.
  10. ^ Jensen, Chelsea (March 4, 2019). "Southwest takes off for Kona in May".
  11. ^ Gilbertson, Dawn (May 13, 2019). "Southwest Airlines to add new Hawaii destination: Hilo".
  12. ^ "Southwest Airlines to start flying to Hawaii". October 14, 2017.
  13. ^ "Summer is Hereâ€"Summer 2017 Schedule is now Published!". www.southwestaircommunity.com. January 5, 2017.
  14. ^ "When Did We Arrive?". Southwest Airlines Newsroom.
  15. ^ a b c Segal, Dave (October 11, 2017). "Southwest Airlines makes it official: Hawaii service on the way". Star-Advertiser. Honolulu. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  16. ^ Jason Williams (January 4, 2017). "Long-time coming: Southwest lands in Cincinnati". cincinnati.com.
  17. ^ a b "Southwest ends flights from Fort Lauderdale to Cuba's Varadero and Santa Clara". miamiherald.
  18. ^ "Southwest Airlines Reports Fourth Quarter And Annual Profit; 46th Consecutive Year Of Profitability - Southwest Airlines Newsroom". swamedia.com.
  19. ^ a b c d "Openings/Closings - By Category - Southwest Airlines Newsroom". swamedia.com.
  20. ^ a b c "Southwest Airlines To Cease Operations In Three Cities - Southwest Airlines Newsroom". swamedia.com.
  21. ^ "Southwest Airlines pulls plug on flights from Flint". Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  22. ^ a b Southwest Airlines to leave Akron-Canton; plans new flights to Atlanta, St. Louis from Cleveland Hopkins (Cleveland.com)

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