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
"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
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.
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