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Southwest Airlines Unveils Destinations and Fares From Denver International Airport

DENVER, Oct 27, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) is kicking off 2006 in the Mile High City! The airline today unveiled its low fares and flight schedule to and from Denver. Customers can now purchase tickets for the new service with airfares beginning as low as $59 one-way -- or sometimes even lower for subscribers to Southwest's E-mail Click 'n Save specials or users of Southwest's downloaded DING! software program.

Southwest Airlines will begin its Denver service Jan. 3, 2006, with a total of 13 daily nonstop departures to the following cities: Chicago Midway (the downtown airport) (four daily), Las Vegas (five daily), and Phoenix (four daily). The airline will offer direct or connecting service to 36 other destinations, such as Baltimore/Washington, Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Seattle/Tacoma, and Pittsburgh. Southwest will occupy two gates in the C Concourse and will initially have about 40 local Employees.

"These destinations are just the beginning for Southwest in Denver; we look forward to growing with the demand here," said Gary Kelly, Southwest's Chief Executive Officer. "Denver is a market that has been a significant gap in Southwest's system for many years; and we can now connect Denver Customers into our coast-to-coast operations."

Southwest Airlines offers Denver Customers its biggest discounts with its advance purchase tickets. For example, Customers can head to Chicago Midway for as little as $79 one-way with Southwest Airlines' 21-day advance purchase fares. Additionally, advance purchase fares start as low as $59 one-way to Las Vegas and Phoenix. To take advantage of these low fares, see http://www.southwest.com/jp/luvhome.shtml?src=PR_DenSch_102705

"Southwest Airlines enters the Denver market as the low fare and Customer satisfaction leader, and we are bringing our most valuable asset, our hospitable and caring Employees -- the best in the industry," Kelly said. "But we are not only here as the low air fare provider. We're also here to become an active and contributory member of this vibrant community."

Southwest Airlines announced its flights and fares today during a media conference at Denver International Airport. Kelly was accompanied by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, and DIA Co-Managers Turner West and Vicki Braunagel; some Southwest pilots also attended the event to show their support for Southwest's newest city.

The airline with the most affordable airfares also makes travel a whole lot easier. Southwest Airlines' award winning web site, http://www.southwest.com, not only offers some of the industry's lowest airfares online but also helps with making other travel accommodations, such as hotel and rental cars. Customers with an electronic "Ticketless" reservation may checkin online and print a boarding pass 24 hours in advance of travel from the airline's web site, southwest.com . Boarding passes are issued on a first-come, first-served basis, and Southwest boards its flights in three boarding groups. Instead of looking for seat assignments, Customers can choose their own seats once onboard the flight, allowing for a quicker boarding process -- and ontime flights.

To take advantage of Southwest Airlines' super low fares, Customers who book their travel via the Internet can subscribe to Southwest Airlines Click 'n Save e-mail updates as well as Southwest Airlines' newest technological innovation-DING! DING! delivers Southwest Airlines' hottest deals directly to Customers' desktops allowing Customers to get a jump on the latest southwest.com sales! For more information, visit http://www.southwest.com .

Fare rules: Tickets for $59 and $79 fares must be purchased at least 21 days before departure. Fares are valid for travel beginning Jan. 3, 2006, through the end of the published schedule (currently March 31, 2006). Fares are available one-way and are combinable with all other fares. When combining fares, all ticketing restrictions apply. Seats are limited. Advertised fares may vary by flight and day of week and will not be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times. Fares do not include a $3.20 federal segment tax per takeoff and landing; airport-assessed passenger facility charges (PFC) of up to $9 one-way; and U.S. government-imposed September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 one-way. Fares are subject to change until ticketed. Tickets are nonrefundable but may be applied toward the purchase of future travel on Southwest Airlines. Fares are valid on Southwest-operated published, scheduled service only and are not available through the Group Desk. Any change in itinerary could result in an increase in fare, depending upon whether discount seats are still available on the new flights.

Southwest Airlines is the number one airline in terms of domestic boardings. With the addition of its Denver service, Southwest Airlines will operate more than 2,980 daily flights to 62 cities in 32 states. Southwest Airlines employs more than 31,000 people nationwide.


SOURCE Southwest Airlines

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