Southwest Airlines Expands Code Share With ATA Airlines to Include Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, June 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) is expanding its codeshare agreement with ATA Airlines, with new connecting service through Las Vegas. Southwest will offer connecting flights via ATA Airlines in Las Vegas to Honolulu from Albany, Amarillo, Hartford, Kansas City, West Palm Beach, Phoenix, Reno, San Antonio, Seattle, Tulsa, and Tucson.

Service is available for booking now at or through Southwest Airlines reservations at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA. Flights start Aug. 4, 2005, and a range of fares is available, from low advance purchase fares to unrestricted walkup fares.

The codeshare means that Southwest and ATA Airlines will exchange passengers and their checked baggage at Las Vegas McCarran Airport, with a single ticketing option through either airline. For example, a Customer who wishes to travel from Albany to Honolulu will now have the flexibility of booking the connecting service through either carrier. The flight from Albany to Las Vegas will be on Southwest Airlines, and then the Customer will connect to ATA Airlines service at Las Vegas (and baggage will be transferred there as well by the airlines’ Employees) for the continuation to Honolulu.

Southwest Airlines started the codeshare service with ATA Airlines in February by first offering connecting service in Chicago. That relationship was further expanded to include codeshare service through Phoenix. Southwest has estimated that the codeshare will generate $50 million in additional revenue for the airline this year.

Southwest Airlines, the nation’s largest carrier in terms of domestic passengers enplaned, currently serves 60 cities in 31 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates nearly 3,000 flights a day and has 31,000+ Employees systemwide.

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