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Southwest Airlines begins operating new flights

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-76N WL N7705A (msn 32744) BWI (Ron Monroe). Image: 944274.

Southwest Airlines has begun to operate several new routes just in time for the holiday season.

More Options for California Travelers
Northern California Expansion

Southwest continues complementing its robust service for California travelers by strengthening its commitment to San Jose, California. By the end of this month, the carrier will offer up to 98 departures a day to more than two dozen destinations across the United States and Mexico.

To reach that milestone, the carrier began service today between:

San Jose, Calif. and Tucson, Ariz. (nonstop itineraries are available Sundays-Fridays)

Starting Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, the carrier will increase the number of weekday flights between:

San Jose, Calif. and Portland, Ore. (eight roundtrips on weekdays, an increase of two flights each weekday)
San Jose, Calif. and Orange County/Santa Ana (11 roundtrips on weekdays, an increase of one flight each weekday)

Burbank’s New Flights Take Off
Today, the carrier also added nonstop service between:

Burbank and Houston (Hobby) (nonstop itineraries are available Sundays-Fridays)
Burbank and Chicago (Midway) (nonstop itineraries are available Sundays-Fridays)

Growing In the Nation’s Capital
Southwest is growing its presence at Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National airport with more service. The carrier began nonstop service today between Oklahoma Cityand Washington, D.C. (Reagan National).

More weekday service begins Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, with one additional roundtrip flight between:

Washington, D.C. (Reagan National) and Nashville (an increase to four weekday roundtrip flights)
Washington, D.C.
(Reagan National) and Dallas (an increase to five weekday roundtrip flights)

Nonstop Between the Big Easy and the Big Apple
Beginning today, Southwest began operating daily flights between New York(LaGuardia) and New Orleans.

On Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, the carrier will add one additional frequency on routes it currently serves between:

New York (LaGuardia) and Dallas Love Field (an increase to five weekday roundtrip flights)
New York (LaGuardia) and Denver (an increase to three weekday roundtrip flights)
New York (LaGuardia) and Kansas City, Mo. (an increase to two weekday roundtrip flights)

With these new additions, Southwest will offer up to 35 flights a day from LaGuardia.

Passport Stamps for the Holidays
Southwest also began weekend service between Chicago (Midway) and Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos, Mexico.

Additionally, seasonal daily international service returned on routes between:

Austin and Cancun
Denver and Puerto Vallarta
Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and Belize
Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and Grand Cayman
Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and Turks and Caicos
Houston (Hobby) and Liberia, Costa Rica
St. Louis and Cancun

On Saturday, Nov. 10, 2019, the carrier will resume weekly seasonal service on Saturdays between:

Nashville and Cancun
Columbus, Ohio and Cancun
Indianapolis and Cancun

Even More Nonstop Flights Take Off
Today, the carrier began daily nonstop service linking Denver and Lubbock. Additionally, the airline began nonstop flights on Sundays between Houston (Hobby) and Philadelphia and Houston (Hobby) and Sacramento.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Southwest): Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-76N WL N7705A (msn 32744) BWI (Ron Monroe). Image: 944274.

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Statement by Southwest Airlines regarding Dallas Love Field gate usage

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has issued this statement concerning the City of Dallas and Delta Air Lines (Atlanta):

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Southwest supports the City’s efforts to manage Love Field in accordance with its obligations under airline leases and the Wright Amendment Reform Act. Southwest disagrees with guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation regarding the use of Love Field gates by non-tenant airlines like Delta. That guidance not only violates Southwest’s legal and contractual rights but would also reduce competition, costing consumers millions of dollars in higher airfares.

Delta’s temporary license to use gate space at Dallas Love Field expires at midnight on July 6, 2015. Beginning August 9, Southwest will fully utilize its 18 Love Field gates by operating 180 flights a day to 50 nonstop destinations resulting in an industry-leading gate utilization of ten flights a day per gate. Southwest will therefore be unable to accommodate any other airline, including Delta, on its gates after that date. Tickets on these Southwest flights have been for sale to our Customers since February or earlier.

The lawsuit filed by the City of Dallas allows the City and Southwest to ask the court to properly interpret applicable law as well as the contractual agreements entered into by the City and Southwest relating to Love Field, which clearly give Southwest the right to expand upon and maximize the usage of its leased gates in the best interest of the citizens of Dallas. Every other air carrier serving North Texas, including Delta, can grow without restriction at DFW Intl. Airport, which Delta currently serves. Southwest is restricted from growing beyond its 18 Love Field gates, which is a small fraction of the total 185 gates in the Dallas Ft. Worth market.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-76N N7705A (msn 32744) prepares to land in Las Vegas.

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Southwest Airlines’ pilots file for mediation with the NMB

Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association-SWAPA (Dallas), representing the pilots of Southwest Airlines (Dallas), filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB). The union issued this statement:

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In order to facilitate movement in contract negotiations, the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) today officially filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB), the federal agency that oversees contract negotiations in the airline industry. After two-plus years of negotiations both sides are currently too far apart to realistically expect an agreement outside of a mediated process.

“This is certainly not a step either side wants to take during negotiations, and certainly not a typical step in the pilot and management relationship at Southwest Airlines,” said Mark Richardson, SWAPA President. “But times have certainly changed.”

SWAPA has focused their negotiations on improvements in areas that address the airline’s flat fleet growth, stagnant career advancement, and compensation. Over the past four years the pilots have sacrificed when asked by the Company. This facilitated Southwest reaching their financial goals, including a stated goal of 15 percent ROIC. Those goals have been accomplished, and furthered, with an announced ROIC total of 19 percent for the trailing 12 months, and a Wall Street expected 21 percent ROIC for fiscal year 2014. Southwest Airlines is on pace to enjoy almost $2.5 billion in operating profit for 2014.

“Our asks continue to be reasonable so that our highly productive pilots can enjoy marginal improvements in their schedule, pay, and especially retirement – an area where Southwest pilots lag significantly compared to our peers at other airlines,” continued Richardson. “Filing for mediation is the next step in the process toward a new contract. We are trying to avoid the destructive and combative relationships that have plagued our industry.”

SWAPA becomes the third Southwest Airlines labor group to request national mediation in order to finalize a new contract in this current round of negotiations.

Located in Dallas, Texas, the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA) is a non-profit employee organization representing the more than 7,500 pilots of Southwest Airlines and 500 pilots of AirTran Airways. SWAPA works to provide a secure and rewarding career for Southwest pilots and their families through negotiating contracts, defending contractual rights and actively promoting professionalism and safety. For more information on the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association, visit http://www.swapa.org.

Copyright Photo: Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-76N N7705A (msn 32744) arrives in Los Angeles.

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