Southwest Airlines Expands Nonstop Flights Between Houston Hobby and Los Angeles International

Southwest Offers Discount Airline Tickets on New, Nonstop Flights Between Houston Hobby and Los Angeles International

DALLAS, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Two of Southwest Airlines’ (NYSE:LUV) 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 International. Customers can take advantage of Southwest’s regular low fares and even lower introductory pricing of $99 one-way for travel any day of the week at .

“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.

The $99 fares are available one-way and are combinable with all other fares. When combining fares, all ticketing restrictions apply. The fares are available for purchase Feb. 3, 2005, through April 3, 2005, and are valid for travel through the end of Southwest’s published schedule (currently June 6, 2005). Tickets must be purchased at least 14 days before departure. Seats are limited. Fares 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. Fares are not necessarily common rated in the Los Angeles Basin.

Southwest Airlines, the nation’s largest carrier in terms of domestic passengers enplaned (according to DOT data for the third quarter of 2004), currently serves 60 airports in 59 cities in 31 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates 2,900 flights a day and has 32,000 employees systemwide. The carrier will begin service to Pittsburgh in May 2005.

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