The Grand Rapids community rolled out the red carpet on August 11 as Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan (RAAWM) Founder & Chairman Dick DeVos joined the Gerald R. Ford International Airport officials and community leaders in welcoming Southwest's first Customers to Grand Rapids.
Southwest attributes its entrance into the market to the roots planted by its wholly-owned subsidiary AirTran Airways. AirTran served three daily nonstop departures to Baltimore/Washington International Airport and Orlando International Airport. Southwest doubles service options with six daily departures to Baltimore/Washington, Orlando, St. Louis, and Denver, connecting Customers to more than 70 destinations—a 35 percent increase in cities served. And beginning next spring, the carrier will add daily nonstop departures to Ft. Myers and Tampa Bay.
With the introduction of Southwest's larger Boeing 737 aircraft to the market, passenger seat availability will increase 117 percent, up dramatically from approximately 2,600 seats per week available on AirTran to Southwest's availability of more than 5,800 seats per week. Southwest's vast network will provide Grand Rapids Customers with more availability and better options.
To celebrate the new service nationwide, Southwest is offering great low fares for Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Orlando (MCO), St. Louis (STL), and Denver (DEN). These incredibly low fares are available for purchase on southwest.com through August 14, 2013, 11:59 p.m. for the respective time zone of the originating city, for travel every day except Fridays and Sundays beginning September 1 through December 18, 2013 (blackout dates apply; 21-advanced purchase required; check fare rules for restrictions).