Update: Southwest will begin flying the following routes on 2/14:
- Chicago-ORD to/from Baltimore (4 daily nonstops)
- Chicago-ORD to/from Dallas-DAL (4 daily nonstops
- Chicago-ORD to/from Denver (6 daily nonstops)
- Chicago-ORD to/from Nashville (4 daily nonstops)
- Chicago-ORD to/from Phoenix (2 daily nonstops)
They will also add service to Colorado Springs on 3/11:
- Colorado Springs to/from Chicago-MDW (2 daily nonstops)
- Colorado Springs to/from Dallas-DAL (3 daily nonstops
- Colorado Springs to/from Denver (4 daily nonstops)
- Colorado Springs to/from Las Vegas (2 daily nonstops)
- Colorado Springs to/from Phoenix (2 daily nonstops)
Flights from Houston-IAH have not yet been announced.
Originally posted on 10/12:
Southwest announced plans to fly to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Houston Intercontinental (IAH) in the first half of 2021.
The airline has eschewed those larger and more expensive airports in favor of Chicago Midway (MDW) and Houston Hobby (HOU).
On the one hand, it’s helpful for operations to be consolidated in one airport in a region as you can fuel more connections that way. However it also limits purchases for origin and destination traffic when there is a strong preference for flights from another airport. HOU and MDW will remain major airports for Southwest, but operating some flights to IAH and ORD will open up new sources of revenue for the airline.
With United returning to JFK next year, it seems that the pandemic will continue to push airlines into more airports that they have been avoiding until now.
Will flights into IAH and ORD push you to fly Southwest in the future? Which routes do you think they will operate from those airports?
HT: Charles ORD