Southwest Airlines Announces New Service; The Carrier Adds New Destinations and New Flights

DALLAS, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Today, Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) announced new service to begin Oct. 2, 2005. In an effort to manage the aftereffects of Hurricane Katrina, Southwest has reworked its flight schedule and is now offering new flights in many of its destinations. While the new flights were previously planned, the airline is putting the service out for sale earlier than originally planned due to the reduced flight schedule in New Orleans.

“Our flight schedule has undergone a restructuring as a result of our flight reduction in New Orleans,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest’s Chief Executive Officer. “Available aircraft time allowed us to meet Customer demand in other cities sooner than anticipated.”

Customers can take advantage of this new service today for travel Oct. 2, 2005, through Dec. 1, 2005. Southwest continues to restructure its flight schedule, so the Dec. 1, 2005, booking window will continue to be extended as new schedules roll out. Customers who want to book travel beyond Dec. 1, 2005, should continue to check http://www.southwest.com/ for the latest travel dates.

To see the full details of this new service, please see the information listed below. Southwest Airlines Customers can take advantage of these flights, and more, by clicking: http://www.southwest.com/jp/luvhome.shtml?src=PR_NS_091905 .

Beginning Oct. 2, 2005:
* One new daily nonstop departure between Chicago Midway and
San Antonio.
* One additional daily nonstop departure between Burbank and Las Vegas
(for a total of 13 daily).
* One additional daily nonstop departure between Burbank and Phoenix
(for a total of nine daily).
* One additional daily nonstop departure between Baltimore/Washington
and St. Louis (for a total of four daily).
* One additional daily nonstop departure between Baltimore/Washington
and Tampa Bay (for a total of seven daily).
* One additional daily nonstop departure between Las Vegas and Oakland
(for a total of 14 daily).
* One additional daily nonstop departure between Las Vegas and Portland
(for a total of three daily).
* One additional daily nonstop departure between Philadelphia and
Raleigh-Durham (for a total of five daily).

Southwest is offering even lower fares for the new flight between Chicago Midway and San Antonio. Fares start as low as $79 each way — just $158 roundtrip. This new service accompanies additional flights previously announced from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, also set to begin Oct. 2, 2005.

The $79 each-way fare is available for purchase and travel between Chicago Midway and San Antonio beginning Oct. 2, 2005, through the end of Southwest Airlines’ published schedule (currently Dec. 1, 2005). The $79 each-way fare must be purchased at least seven days before departure. Fares are available roundtrip and may not be combinable with other fares. Seats are limited. Fares may vary by flight and day of week and will not be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times. Fares do not include a $3.20 federal segment tax per takeoff and landing. Fares do not include airport-assessed passenger facility charges (PFC) of up to $9 one-way and U.S. government-imposed September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 one-way. Fares are subject to change until ticketed. Tickets are nonrefundable but may be applied toward the purchase of future travel on Southwest Airlines. Fares are valid on Southwest-operated published, scheduled service only and are not available through the Group Desk. Any change in itinerary may result in an increase in fare.

Southwest’s lowest fares are available at http://www.southwest.com/ , just a few clicks and the reservation is made! Southwest now offers online checkin available 24 hours in advance of travel. No more waking up at midnight to get a boarding pass, just log on to http://www.southwest.com/ within 24 hours of travel and print out a boarding pass.

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