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Southwest Expands Flights Between Houston and L.A.

Two of Southwest Airlines’
biggest cities just got bigger as the airline today announced it will add
two additional roundtrip nonstop flights between Los Angeles International
and Houston Hobby beginning April 3, 2005. With the additional flights,
Southwest will offer a total of four daily nonstop flights between the two
bustling airports. Southwest also is offering discount airline tickets as
it expands its nonstop flight between Houston Hobby and Los Angeles

“The demand for nonstop service between Houston Hobby and Los Angeles
International is strong, and we have a long history of playing to our
strengths at Southwest Airlines,” said Joyce Rogge, the airline’s senior
vice president of marketing.

Southwest Airlines recently announced it will discontinue service at
Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport for business reasons,
effective at the end of the day April 2, 2005. After the announcement,
Southwest’s Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly declared Houston Hobby as
the focal point for the airline’s future growth in the Houston area. These
two additional nonstop flights will kick off Southwest’s continued growth
at Houston Hobby Airport.

Los Angeles is Southwest’s eighth busiest airport with a total of 117
nonstop flights each day to 21 cities, plus direct or connecting service
to 32 other cities. Houston Hobby is the airline’s fifth busiest city with
141 daily nonstop flights to 24 cities and direct or connecting service to
34 other cities.