List of Southwest Airlines destinations
As of July 2019[update], Southwest Airlines has scheduled flights to 101 destinations 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.
Southwest does not use the "hub and spoke" system of other major airlines, preferring instead the "point-to-point" system with focus cities. 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. Recent numbers indicate that the number of connecting passengers is steadily rising.
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:
- Chicago, Illinois: Southwest uses Midway International Airport instead of O'Hare International Airport.
- Dallas, Texas: Southwest uses Dallas Love Field instead of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
- Houston, Texas: Southwest uses William P. Hobby Airport instead of George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
- Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Southwest uses Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport instead of Miami International Airport.
- New York City, New York: From 1999-2009, Southwest served the greater New York metropolitan area exclusively out Long Island MacArthur Airport instead of the larger Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, and John F. Kennedy International airports. Southwest now flies to Newark Liberty International Airport and LaGuardia Airport also, though.
- Washington, D.C./Baltimore, Maryland: Southwest uses Baltimore-Washington International Airport as the primary gateway to the combined Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area. Southwest does serves both Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport now, but operations at the two airports are comparatively smaller.
- San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, California: Although Southwest flys to all 3 major airports in San Francisco Bay Area, the operations at both Oakland International Airport and San Jose International Airport are both much larger than San Francisco International Airport in terms of both daily departures and non-stop destinations.
AirTran cities acquired by Southwest
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.
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.
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).
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). Service started March 17, 2019 from Oakland to Honolulu.
As of June 2019[update], Southwest Airlines serves 101 destinations:
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