Southwest Airlines Offers Low Fares to Pittsburgh; Airfare to Pittsburgh as Low as $29 to $99 One-Way

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The Steel City is getting a steal of a deal! Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) today unveils its low, low fares and flight schedule to and from Pittsburgh. Customers can now purchase tickets for the new service with discount airfares beginning as low as $29 one-way.

Southwest Airlines will begin its Pittsburgh service May 4, 2005, with a total of 10 daily nonstop flights to the following cities: Chicago Midway (four daily), Las Vegas (one daily), Orlando (one daily), and Philadelphia (four daily). The airline will offer direct or connecting service to 37 other destinations, such as Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Los Angeles, Oakland, Houston, and Seattle/Tacoma. Connecting destination also include ATA codeshare cities such as Denver and San Francisco.

Southwest Airlines offers its biggest discounts with its advance purchase tickets. For example, Pittsburghers can take off to Philadelphia or Chicago Midway for only $29 one-way (this fare only is available for purchase now through May 26, 2005) with Southwest’s 14-day advance purchase fare. The advance purchase airfare to Orlando is only $79 one-way. (To take advantage of these low fares click on, http://www.southwest.com/jp/res.shtml?src=PR_PIT_021705 .)

“Pittsburgh is an exciting new frontier for Southwest, and we think that local travelers will embrace our low fares and great service,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest’s chief executive officer. “Southwest’s introductory fares are a great bargain; and no matter how far you fly, we know when choosing an airline fare is the number one driver.”

“I am excited to welcome Southwest Airlines to the Pittsburgh region. The airline’s commitment will provide our region’s business and leisure travelers with truly competitive service, more travel selections and new opportunities. Southwest Airlines will also benefit from our world-class airport and highly trained workforce. We look forward to a long, mutually beneficial partnership,” said Dan Onorato, Allegheny County Chief Executive.

“With the start-up of Southwest in May, our passengers will be provided with more competitive choices at Pittsburgh International Airport. We anticipate continued growth of our regional air traffic with Southwest Airlines’ unique brand of service in Pittsburgh,” stated Glenn R. Mahone, Chairman, Allegheny County Airport Authority.

Even Southwest Airlines’ unrestricted everyday airfare to and from Pittsburgh is very inexpensive. The airline’s walk-up fares start at a mere $79 one-way to Philadelphia (and to Chicago Midway), and this low fare is available on every seat, every flight, everyday which represents a 65 percent savings over the current average fare offered between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. And that’s not all, Southwest’s fares top out at only $299 one- way for cross-country flights to Phoenix, Las Vegas, and destinations on the West Coast. No advance purchase or overnight stay is required on these unrestricted fares. And, if you purchase at least 14 days in advance of departure and within one day of making reservations, Southwest’s nonrefundable fare between Pittsburgh and Las Vegas is only $99 one-way.

All fares are subject to a federal segment tax of $3.20 per takeoff and landing. Fares also do not include airport-assessed passenger facility charges (PFC) of up to $9 one-way and a U.S. government-imposed September 11th Security Fee of up to $5 one-way per person. Fares are available for purchase now through the end of published schedule (currently August 3, 2005). On all Southwest Airlines discount fares, seats are limited and will not be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times and holiday periods. Tickets are nonrefundable but (except for tickets purchased through our Group Tickets program) may be applied toward the purchase of future travel on Southwest Airlines. Southwest’s one-way fares can be combined with other fares. Fares are valid on Southwest published, scheduled service only. Any change in itinerary could result in an increase in fare but Southwest does not charge an additional fee for Customers to make changes. Fares are subject to change until ticketed and are not necessarily common rated in the Bay Area or the LA Basin.

The airline with the most affordable airfares also makes travel a whole lot easier. Southwest Airlines’ web site, http://www.southwest.com/ , not only offers some of the industry’s lowest airfares online but also helps with making other travel accommodations, such as hotel and rental cars. Customers with an electronic “Ticketless” reservation may also print a Boarding Pass on the day of travel from the airline’s web site. Southwest’s Customer convenience focus continues at the airport, from the ticket counter and Rapid Check-in Kiosks to the boarding gate. Boarding passes are issued on a first- come, first-served basis and Southwest boards its flights in three boarding groups. Instead of looking for seat assignments, Customers can choose their own seat once onboard the flight, allowing for a quicker boarding process — and on time flights.

Even Southwest’s frequent flyer program, Rapid Rewards, keeps travel simple by letting its Members start taking trips instead of counting miles. Members earn credits by flying or using one of the program’s preferred partners. (One roundtrip equals two credits.) As soon as a member earns 16 credits within a 12-month period, an electronic Award Ticket automatically appears in the member’s account. While an award notification letter will be sent, the Award is available for immediate use, and Southwest does not limit seats for Award travel like other carriers do. Plus, Southwest allows the member to transfer the award ticket to anyone with no additional paperwork.

With the addition of its Pittsburgh service, Southwest will operate 2,900 daily flights to 60 cities in 31 states. Southwest Airlines employs more than 32,000 people nationwide.

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