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Southwest adds Cincinnati, Caribbean hot spots in schedule

Unread post by bimjim » Sat Jun 03, 2017

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Southwest adds Cincinnati, Caribbean hot spots in schedule shifts Sunday
Southwest Airlines adds Cincinnati, Caribbean hot spots in schedule shifts Sunday
Bill Hethcock Staff Writer Dallas Business Journal
Jun 2, 2017

Cincinnati and Grand Cayman are in. Dayton is out. Those are among the scheduling changes that take effect Sunday for Dallas-based discount carrier Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV).

Also on Sunday, Southwest is launching four flights from Fort Lauderdale to Caribbean destinations. They are: Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Cancun, Mexico; and Belize City, Belize.

The airline controls three of five gates in a new $200 million international concourse that the Florida airport opened Thursday.

In November, Southwest plans to kick off flights from Fort Lauderdale to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; San Jose, Puerto Rico; and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos in November.

Southwest will also begin flying out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on Sunday.

Cincinnati had long been one of the largest metros that Southwest did not serve directly. The new flights into Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will connect to Baltimore/Washington and Chicago Midway airports.

The first Southwest flight to Cincinnati arrives from Chicago Sunday. The airline is starting with eight flights every day — five to Chicago and three to Baltimore/Washington.

Southwest, which announced the move to Cincinnati in January, will depart from Dayton for the last time Saturday. The airline started operating out of Dayton in 2012.

The move is step with an airline industry trend in which carriers are relocating to bigger hubs.

“We’re matching our service with the need of our customers,” Southwest spokesman Dan Landson told the Dallas Business Journal in an earlier interview. “We’re seeing a lot of demand from customers throughout the country for different cities and different city pairs, and we want to make sure that we’re putting the service on the routes that our customers want to fly.”

Delta Air Lines has a hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport but has shrunk its presence since its 2008 merger with Northwest Airlines.

“With the number of customers there and the changing dynamic of the airport, there was an opportunity where we were able to announce new service and also reach out to the business travelers and get their support to come into the market,” Landson said.

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