Southwest Airlines Unveils Destinations and Fares From Southwest Florida International Airport

FT. MYERS, Fla., July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) today unveiled its low fares and flight schedule to and from Ft. Myers. Customers can now purchase tickets for the new service with airfares beginning as low as $29 one-way.

Southwest Airlines will begin its Ft. Myers service October 2, 2005, with a total of nine daily nonstop departures to the following cities: Baltimore/Washington (two daily), Chicago Midway (two daily), Long Island/Islip (one daily), Orlando (three daily), and Philadelphia (one daily). The airline will offer direct or connecting service to 29 other destinations, such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

“We’ve been working with Southwest Florida International Airport for more than a decade, and it is fantastic to see our plans come to fruition,” said Keith Taylor, Southwest Airline’s Vice President of Revenue Management. “The fares are very competitive, and our schedule offers direct and connecting service to our West Coast destinations.”

Southwest Airlines offers Southwest Florida Customers its biggest discounts with its advance purchase tickets. For example, Customers can head to Orlando for as little $29 one-way with Southwest Airline’s 21-day advance purchase fares. Additionally, fares start as low as $79 one-way to Baltimore/Washington, Chicago Midway, Long Island/Islip, Orlando, and Philadelphia. To take advantage of these low fares, see .

“Southwest Airlines is known as the low fare leader, and our everyday low fares are a testament to that,” said Taylor. “Not only are our advance purchase fares a bargain, but you’ll never pay more than $299 one-way on Southwest Airlines for our walk-up fares and Customers are never charged a change fee — it’s a true bargain.”

Southwest Airlines announced its flights and fares today at a press conference at Southwest Florida International Airport. Southwest Airlines will occupy two gates in the new terminal and will begin operations with around 50 Employees.

Fare rules: Tickets for $29 and $79 fares must be purchased at least 21 days before departure. Fares are valid for travel beginning October 2, 2005. Fares are available one-way and are combinable with all other fares. When combining fares, all ticketing restrictions apply. Seats are limited. Advertised 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; 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.

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With the addition of its Ft. Myers service, Southwest Airlines will operate more than 3,000 daily flights to 61 cities in 31 states. Southwest Airlines employs more than 31,000 people nationwide.

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