Southwest Meet Customer Demand

DALLAS, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) will introduce new nonstop service between Baltimore/Washington and San Diego on July 6, 2003, with fares as low as $99 each way. At the same time, the airline also will add its 12th daily nonstop flight between Baltimore/Washington and Providence, creating one-stop service between Providence and San Diego.
“These new nonstop flights demonstrate how Southwest is meeting the demand for low fares on longer flights without neglecting its niche for frequent flights in the short-haul market,” said Joyce Rogge, Southwest`s senior vice president marketing.
The new service complements Southwest`s existing 11 daily nonstop flights between Baltimore/Washington and Providence and its existing direct or connecting flights between Baltimore/Washington and San Diego.
Southwest is introducing the new nonstop service between Baltimore/Washington and San Diego with a fare of $99 each way. The fare is on sale now until July 6, 2003, for travel from July 6, 2003, through the end of Southwest`s published schedule (currently Aug. 9, 2003). The fare is available only on the new nonstop flights and requires roundtrip purchase with an overnight stay (any night). Tickets must be purchased at least 14 days before departure and within one day of making reservations. Fares do not include a federal segment tax of $3 per takeoff and landing. Fares do not include airport-assessed passenger facility charges of up to $4.50 roundtrip or federal September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 roundtrip per person. Tickets are nonrefundable but (except for tickets purchased through Southwest`s Group Tickets program) may be applied toward future travel on Southwest Airlines without the penalty of a change fee. Seats are limited and may not be available on some flights that operate during peak or holiday travel times. Fares are subject to change until ticketed, and any change in itinerary could result in an increase in the fare.
Southwest Airlines, the fourth largest domestic carrier in terms of Customers boarded, currently serves 58 cities in 30 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates nearly 2,800 flights a day.