Southwest Airlines will significantly expand its presence in Austin, Texas next year. The Dallas-based airline will resume and / or start nine routes from the Texas capital in March. The news comes as Southwest puts its schedules through the end of April 2022.
Southwest Airlines increases flights from Austin, Texas in March. Photo: Ontario International Airport
In addition to other Austin flights, Southwest Airlines is increasing its flights to Hawaii, resuming a seasonal daily non-stop service between Fort Lauderdale and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) and starting between Denver and Cozumel (Mexico) as well as Albuquerque and Burbank.
Although Southwest Airlines recently confirmed that there has been a decline in bookings in bookings and increased travel cancellations, the airline continues to increase capacity and bring its network back to pre-pandemic levels.
Over a hundred Southwest departures per day from Austin by March 2022
Fast-growing Austin is proving to be a juicy destination for Southwest. With nearly a million residents, the business-friendly city attracts entrepreneurs, startups, and tech companies in droves. Southwest says it has been the largest airline to fly to Austin for over three decades.
The airline plans to increase its Austin service by more than 20 daily flights in mid-March 2022, offering non-stop flights between Austin and nine new and returning destinations. In addition, Southwest will add additional frequencies on routes already served from Austin. Altogether, Southwest will offer up to 105 non-stop departures per day from Austin to 46 destinations.
Beginning March 10, Southwest will begin or resume nonstop flights from Austin to Amarillo, Texas, Charleston, South Carolina, Columbus, Ohio, Midland / Odessa, Texas, and Ontario, California.
Two days later, on March 12, Southwest Airlines will start flights between Austin and Panama City Beach (Florida), Sarasota / Bradenton (Florida), Destin / Fort Walton Beach (Florida) and Puerto Vallarta (Mexico). Southwest advises that flights to Puerto Vallarta are subject to final government approval.
“We are celebrating a growing customer base in central Texas with this major investment specifically designed for Austin business and leisure travelers,” said Dave Harvey, Southwest’s vice president of Southwest Business. “As we continue to strengthen our network in Austin, customers will see more flights on key routes and new destinations on our map.”
A Southwest Airlines Boeing at the gate of Austin Airport. Photo: Sandy Stevens / Austin Airport
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Hawaii will also see improved southwest frequencies
Southwest Airlines is also expanding its flights to Hawaii in February. Starting February 17, 2022, Southwest is increasing flights to six routes to Hawaii. The Phoenix – Honolulu route will be increased to two daily connections. San Diego and Kona will see daily return flight service. The Sacramento – Kona route offers four return flights per week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays).
Maui will also see two daily round-trip flights from San Diego. A daily round-trip service operates between San Jose, California and Lihue. Finally, Southwest will offer round-trip daily flights between Sacramento and Maui, with double daily flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Hawaii should also see improved southwest frequencies from February. Photo: Southwest Airlines
Aside from Texas and Hawaii, three more southwest routes will start early next year. Starting January 17, 2022, Southwest’s schedule will include non-stop service between Albuquerque and Burbank, enabling faster travel for passengers traveling between New Mexico and the San Fernando Valley.
Subject to regulatory approvals, Southwest Airlines will resume a seasonal daily non-stop service between Fort Lauderdale and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on February 17th. .
Southwest advises that these flights are now on their flight schedules and are available for sale.