Southwest announces new routes for next summer with a build-up at Denver

Southwest Airlines has extended its flight schedule through August 14, 2023.

Mile-High Heart Peaks New Summit in Denver

Southwest Airlines continues growing Mile-High Heart with a record amount of service for Denver Customers: as of July 11, 2023, the airline will serve 92 destinations from Denver nonstop with a peak schedule of 303 departures a day.

This will be the first time any Southwest® flight schedule will offer 300+ departures from one airport. Across its route map of 121 airports, Southwest will offer a peak schedule of 4,374 departures a day in summer 2023.

Seasonal Flights for Summer Vacations

Beginning on July 11, 2023, the carrier will offer returning seasonal service daily between:

Nashville and Burbank
Kansas City and Milwaukee
Kansas City and Minneapolis

And as of July 11, 2023, these weekend routes operated in June will be offered daily for the summer season, between:

Denver and Albany, N.Y.
Denver and Buffalo
Denver and Hartford, Conn.
Nashville and San Jose, Calif.
Houston (Hobby) and Pittsburgh
Houston (Hobby) and Sacramento
Las Vegas and Louisville, Ky.
Kansas City and San Antonio
Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Pittsburgh
St. Louis and Sarasota, Fla.

On Saturday, July 15, 2023, Southwest also will launch new seasonal service on Saturdays between Long Beach, Calif. and Orlando.

In other news, The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), North America’s largest air transport union, has overwhelmingly ratified a strong five-year collective bargaining agreement with Southwest Airlines that gives its members a 13.1% wage increase from the current wage on the date of ratification and a 25.1% general wage increase over four years putting its members at the top of the airline industry’s pay scale.

The IAM represents approximately 8,300 Customer Service Employees, including Customer Representatives, Customer Service Agents, and Source of Support Representatives, at Southwest Airlines.

Highlights of the five-year agreement include:

  • Higher general wage increases (13.1% wage increase on ratification; 25.1% total over four years)
  • Better work/life balance
  • “Me too” clauses for top-of-scale wage rate, signing bonus/retro pay, and paid parking.
  • Higher bonuses
  • Improved vacation language
  • Part-time employee overtime wage rate improvements
  • Stronger and improved mandatory overtime protections for all employees

Top Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N8811L (msn 42661) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 959617.

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