Southwest Airlines will add flights out of New Orleans

August 27 2012 | Latest News

New flights will be added by March 2013.

By: Staff Reporter, Times Picayune

August 27, 2012

Southwest Airlines and its wholly owned subsidiary Air Tran Airways will add 30 flights out of New Orleans by March 2013, bringing the company's total number of daily flights out of the city to 114. Southwest and Air Tran will add one daily non-stop flight each to Newark, Key West and Orlando. The frequency of flights to cities such as Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Nashville and St. Louis will also be increased, Southwest said.

Southwest currently operates 76 flights from New Orleans, and it's wholly owned subsidiary Air Tran Airways operates 8 daily flights. The additional flights that will be added by March represent an extra 1.5 million passenger seats each year.

"This additional air service is a big win for our city. I believe it shows that the demand for leisure and business travel to New Orleans is very strong," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. "Demand is always the key in acquiring air service for a city, and this just adds to the recent confidence shown in our airport and our region."

Aviation Board Chairman Nolan Rollins said "Southwest Airlines has made a serious pledge of support to the New Orleans market with this additional air service. On behalf of the New Orleans Aviation Board, I want to express our sincerest thanks for their vote of confidence in our city as a great destination."