Southwest Airlines Expands Codeshare With ATA Airlines to Include Oakland And Houston

DALLAS, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) announced today that it is expanding its codeshare agreement with ATA Airlines with new connecting service through Houston Hobby and Oakland. The Houston service will begin April 2, 2006, and will connect Customers from various Southwest Airlines cities to ATA flights to New York City’s La Guardia Airport. The Oakland service starts April 28, 2006, and will connect Customers from various Southwest cities to ATA flights to Hilo, Honolulu, and Maui, Hawaii.

Service is available for booking now at http://www.southwest.com/jp/luvhome.shtml?src=PR_codeshare012306 or through Southwest Airlines reservations at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA (1-800-435-9792).

The codeshare agreement allows Southwest and ATA Airlines to exchange passengers and their checked baggage at either of the two airports, Houston Hobby or Oakland, with a single ticketing option through either airline. For example, a Customer who wishes to travel from New Orleans to New York’s La Guardia Airport will now have the flexibility of booking the connecting service through either carrier, with a change of planes in Houston. The flight from New Orleans to Houston will be on Southwest Airlines, and then the Customer will connect to ATA Airlines service at Houston Hobby for the connecting flight to New York. Baggage will be transferred at the connecting city by Southwest’s Employees.

Southwest Airlines started the codeshare service with ATA Airlines in February 2005 by first offering connecting service in Chicago. That relationship was further expanded to include codeshare service through Phoenix and Las Vegas. The codeshare agreement generated approximately $50 million in additional revenue for Southwest in 2005.

Southwest Airlines, the nation’s largest carrier in terms of domestic passengers enplaned, currently serves 62 cities in 32 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates 3,000 flights a day and has 31,000+ Employees systemwide.

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