December 18th, 2013

Airline Extends Schedule through June, Introducing Four New Daily Nonstop Travel Destinations

from San Diego: New Orleans, Orlando, Seattle, and Portland, Ore.

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December 16 – Dallas, TX – Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) revealed four new daily nonstop travel destinations to citizens of San Diego today during the opening of the airline’s mystery gift that landed at Balboa Park last week. Todd Gloria, Interim Mayor of the City of San Diego, helped Southwest Airlines and local Rapid Rewards Customers introduce New Orleans, Orlando, Seattle, and Portland, Ore. to the market. As each side of the #SWAMysteryGift was pulled away, a different cityscape appeared, ultimately announcing all four new nonstop destinations for San Diego Customers.Southwest Airlines is proud to offer San Diego Customers daily nonstop service to New Orleans International Airport beginning April 8, 2014; and daily nonstop service to Orlando International Airport, Portland International Airport, and Seattle Tacoma International Airport beginning June 8, 2014.“We are pleased to offer these new service options for our San Diego Customers,” said Andrew Watterson, Southwest Airlines Vice President Network Planning and Performance. “San Diego is an extremely important market to Southwest Airlines, and we believe the addition of these new nonstop destinations demonstrates our commitment to the San Diego community.”“On behalf of San Diego, I thank Southwest Airlines for this amazing gift. I am proud to extend an official invitation to our City to the people of Orlando, Portland, Seattle, and New Orleans,” said Interim Mayor Todd Gloria.To Celebrate the New Nonstop Service from San Diego, Fares are as Low as:
  • $89 one-way nonstop between San Diego and Seattle Tacoma
  • $89 one-way nonstop between San Diego and Portland, Ore.
  • $149 one-way nonstop between San Diego and New Orleans
  • $149 one-way nonstop between San Diego and Orlando
These low fares are available for purchase on today through Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, 11:59 p.m. in the respective time zone of the originating city. Travel for New Orleans is valid April 8 through May 31, 2014; travel for Orlando, Portland, Ore., and Seattle is valid June 8 through June 30, 2014. Restrictions and exclusions apply. Now you can find more options, including AirTran sale fares on Airlines is giving the citizens of San Diego the chance to win a pair of roundtrip tickets to the new destination of their choice. The airline launched a social contest which will run today only in coordination with the reveal of the four new destinations. San Diegans are required to venture over to the Southwest Gift at the Plaza De Panama at Balboa Park, take a photo in front of the new destination they are most excited to visit, and submit the photo along with a caption telling why, to Southwest Airlines via their Instagram handle @SouthwestAir by midnight pacific time on Monday, Dec. 16. Visit the Southwest Airlines blog for full contest rules.Southwest Airlines began service to San Diego in 1982. Today, the airline serves the market with 90 daily nonstop departures to 18 destinations. With the addition of New Orleans, Orlando, Seattle, and Portland, Ore. next year, Southwest will serve the market with 100 daily nonstop departures to 23 destinations. With more than 300 Employees who call San Diego home, Southwest Airlines places an importance on being a part of the community we serve. Southwest supports a number of community organizations such as, LEAD San Diego, San Diego Center for Children, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Opera, and more. ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.In its 43rd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 45,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 96 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2012 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at Southwest AirlinesFrom its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves. On every flight, Southwest offers Customers the first two pieces of checked luggage (weight and size limitations apply) and all ticket changes without additional fees. Southwest’s all-Boeing fleet consistently offers leather seating and the comfort of full-size cabins, many of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi connectivity and a new, sustainable cabin interior. With 40 consecutive years of profitability, the People of Southwest operate nearly than 3,200 flights a day and serve communities around 89 airports in Southwest’s network of domestic destinations. Southwest Airlines’ frequent flights and low fares are available only at AirTran AirwaysAirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co., offers coast-to-coast and near-international service with nearly 500 flights a day to 44 destinations. The carrier’s high-quality product includes assigned seating and Business Class. As Southwest continues to integrate AirTran’s People, places, and planes into Southwest Airlines, Customers of both carriers may book flights at and exchange earned loyalty points between both AirTran’s A+ Rewards® and Southwest’s Rapid Rewards® for reward travel on either airline. SOUTHWEST FARE RULESFares are available only on or and can be purchased today through Dec. 20, 2014, 11:59 pm for the respective time zone of the originating city for select destinations. Fares valid for travel to Orlando, Portland, and Seattle, June 8 through June 30, 2014. Fares valid for travel to New Orleans April 8 through May 31, 2014. Blackout dates for New Orleans include April 24 through May 5, May 22 through May 24, and May 26, 2014. Travel valid every day except for Fridays and Sundays. Some flights are operated by AirTran Airways. Displayed fares include all government taxes and fees. Seats are limited. Fares may vary by destinations, flight, and day of week and won’t be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times and holiday periods. Fares are nonrefundable but may be applied toward future travel on Southwest Airlines. Fares may be combined with other combinable fares. If combining with other fares, the most restrictive fare rules apply. When combining fares, all rules and restrictions apply. Fares are not available through the Group Desk. Any change in the itinerary may result in an increase in fare. Standby travel requires an upgrade to the Anytime fare. Fares are subject to change until ticketed. Fares are valid on published, scheduled service only.


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