Southwest Airlines Turns Ten in Washington!

Southwest Airlines is
celebrating ten years of service in both Seattle/Tacoma and Spokane this
week! Festivities will kick off Thursday, June 3, in Spokane and Friday,
June 4, in Seattle/Tacoma.
“Our Employees have made both Seattle/Tacoma and Spokane key players in
Southwest’s Northwest market,” said Dave Ridley, Southwest’s vice
president of ground operations. “We are pleased to bring our legendary low
fares and our great Customer service to our Washington Customers year
after year.”

SPOKANE FACTS:

Southwest Airlines began service to Spokane International Airport in 1994
with eight daily nonstop departures to Oakland, Portland, and
Seattle/Tacoma. Currently, Southwest operates 14 daily nonstop flights to
Boise, Oakland, Portland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and Seattle/Tacoma,
with direct or connecting service to 30 cities nationwide. The airline
occupies three gates at the airport.

Other noteworthy statistics:—In 2003, Southwest handled more than
737,000 Customers at Spokane International Airport.—Since Southwest
began service in Spokane, the airline has grown to capture more than 27
percent of the market share as of the fourth quarter 2003.—In 1993,
before Southwest began service in Spokane, only 17,140 Customers traveled
between Spokane and Oakland. One year after Southwest began service
between Spokane and Oakland, the number of Customers traveling between
these two cities increased more than 551 percent. SEATTLE/TACOMA FACTS:

Southwest Airlines began service to SeaTac International Airport in 1994
with eight daily nonstop departures to Oakland and Spokane. Currently,
Southwest operates 36 daily nonstop flights to 13 cities, and direct or
connecting service to 41 cities nationwide. The airline occupies five
gates at the airport.

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Other noteworthy statistics:—In 2003, Southwest handled more than two
million Customers at SeaTac International Airport.—In 1993, before
Southwest began service in Seattle/Tacoma, only 389,470 Customers traveled
between Seattle/Tacoma and Oakland. In 1995, one year after Southwest
began service between SeaTac and Oakland, the number of Customers
traveling between these two cities increased more than 65 percent.—In
2002, before Southwest began service between Seattle/Tacoma and Chicago
Midway only 84,910 Customers were carried between these destinations. One
year later, after Southwest entered the market, more than 149,000
Customers were traveling between Seattle/Tacoma and Chicago Midway.

Southwest Airlines will celebrate its tenth anniversary with its Employees
and Customers by serving cake to Customers and playing games with
travelers at both airports. Also, in honor of Southwest’s anniversary in
Seattle/Tacoma and Spokane, the airline is giving bonus credits for Rapid
Reward members flying into or out of Spokane on Thursday, June 3, or
Seattle/Tacoma on Friday, June 4. Rapid Rewards Customers booking via
southwest.com will receive 2.5 credits each way and Customers booking via
the (800) I FLY SWA toll-free number will receive two credits each way.
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