Southwest Airlines has announced it will take over AirTran’s flights out of Key West, Florida, which includes daily non-stops to Tampa and Orlando. From those cities, travelers can connect to an additional 53 Southwest markets.
Southwest: Key West Take Over Begins Nov. 4
The transition of Key West from an AirTran to a Southwest market begins Nov. 4. This is the latest move by Southwest to integrate its now wholly owned subsidiary AirTran but it is a slow and deliberate process and full integration is not expected to be completed until sometime in 2015. In the meantime, AirTran will continue to fly under its name and colors but in and out of fewer cities – while Southwest adds more.
Southwest Adds New Service to New Markets
Southwest also announced it will add new non-stop service in five markets:
- Denver and Louisville: one daily round-trip
- Houston and Orange County, California: one daily round-trip
- Kansas City and New Orleans: one daily round-trip
- Dallas and Harlingen, Texas: two daily round-trips
Southwest also plans to take-over several AirTran flights in and out of Milwaukee.
Southwest Routes being Dropped
Southwest also announced it will permanently discontinue non-stop service in three short-haul markets:
- Birmingham and Nashville
- Chicago Midway and Indianapolis
- Ft. Myers and Orlando
No reason for ending these non-stop flights was given but presumably the carrier couldn’t fill enough seats or the flights were otherwise unprofitable.