Southwest has fully converted all flying from its wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, over to Southwest, which previously offered three daily nonstop flights between Wichita and Atlanta. With the introduction of Southwest's all-Boeing 737 fleet to the market, passenger seat availability increases by 112 percent (over AirTran's Boeing 717), an equivalent of 2,700 seats per week of additional low fares.
"This day has been a long time coming, both for Southwest and the city of Wichita," said Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President Ron Ricks. "We're thrilled to provide Kansas Customers more access to our broad network of destinations; and at the same time, giving existing Southwest Customers better access to the Air Capital of the World. This growth is exciting for Southwest Airlines."
To celebrate the new Wichita service, Southwest announced a sale offering the following fares:
• $49* one-way fare between Wichita and Dallas Love Field
• $89* one-way fare between Wichita and Chicago Midway
• $109* one-way fare between Wichita and Las Vegas
These fares must be booked by June 4, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. (local time for originating city), for travel between Sept. 3, 2013, and Nov. 13, 2013 (see fare rules below). To take advantage of these special fares, visit www.southwest.com.