Southwest Airlines launched inaugural service to five cities on Sunday, April 14, 2013—the most cities the airline has ever opened in one day.
Southwest, America's largest airline in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, is expanding its footprint as part of the ongoing integration of its wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways.
"This milestone is historic as it marks Southwest's first venture outside the 48 contiguous states, and it's proof positive that our ongoing integration of AirTran remains on-track as we're making tremendous progress," said Southwest's Executive Vice President, Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer Ron Ricks. "AirTran has done a wonderful job establishing a presence in these markets, and Southwest is proud to continue that legacy and extend our vast network of destinations, exceptional Customer Service, and low fares."
As of April 14, 2013, Southwest Airlines Offers New Nonstop Service between:
• Charlotte and Baltimore/Washington, Chicago (Midway), Houston (Hobby), and Orlando
• Flint and Baltimore/Washington, Orlando, and Tampa Bay
• Portland, Maine and Baltimore/Washington
• Rochester and Baltimore/Washington, Chicago (Midway), Orlando, and Tampa Bay
• San Juan and Orlando and Tampa Bay.
AirTran ceased service in Charlotte, Flint, Portland (Maine), and Rochester on April 13, 2013. AirTran will continue to offer service between San Juan and Baltimore/Washington, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, and Atlanta. Southwest previously announced that the carrier will assume AirTran's San Juan service to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood on Sept. 29, 2013.