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About

Southwest is a major US airline that flies budget passenger flights. The airline is based at Dallas Love Field airport and flies to several destinations across the US, as well as to international destinations in North and Central America. Overall, the airline flies to more than 100 destinations. At its most popular time of year, Southwest flies more than 4,000 daily flights. (pre-pandemic)

Southwest Airlines was established in 1967. It launched flights in Texas and originally only flew between Texas' three of its biggest cities, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. The airline has grown massively since then and is now one of the biggest carriers in the US. It's regularly within the top 3 airlines in the US for number of passengers carried, behind Delta and American Airlines. It's the most popular low-cost carrier in all of North America.

The airline is known for its cheap basic fares, which are sold as seat-only tickets for very affordable prices. Passengers that want extra for their flight can add-on to their fare to give them what they need. Southwest is unique in that it's one of the only airlines to use open-seating. Open seating is when passengers aren't assigned a seat at check-in and choose their seat as they board the flight, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

 


Destinations

As of September 2021, Southwest Airlines has scheduled flights to over 100 domestic destinations in 40 states, including Chicago, Baltimore, Washington, Midway, Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, Houston, Orlando, Atlanta, Los Angeles, as well as international more than 15 international destinations across Central America and the Caribbean.

Domestic Destinations

STATE CITY AIRPORT
Alabama Birmingham Birmingham–Shuttlesworth International Airport
Arizona Phoenix Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Tucson Tucson International Airport
Arkansas Little Rock Little Rock National Airport
California Burbank Hollywood Burbank Airport
Fresno Fresno Yosemite International Airport
Long Beach Long Beach Airport
Los Angeles Los Angeles International Airport
Oakland Oakland International Airport
Ontario Ontario International Airport
Orange County John Wayne Airport
Palm Springs Palm Springs International Airport
Sacramento Sacramento International Airport
San Diego San Diego International Airport
San Francisco San Francisco International Airport
San José San Jose International Airport
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
Colorado Denver Denver International Airport
Steamboat Springs Yampa Valley Regional Airport
Telluride (Montrose Montrose Regional Airport
Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Airport
Connecticut Hartford Bradley International Airport
Florida Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Fort Myers Southwest Florida International Airport
Jacksonville Jacksonville International Airport
Orlando Orlando International Airport
Palm Beach Palm Beach International Airport
Panama City Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport
Pensacola Pensacola International Airport
Miami Miami International Airport
Sarasota Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Tampa Tampa International Airport
Georgia Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Savannah Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
Hawaii Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport
Kahului Kahului Airport
Kailua-Kona Kona International Airport
Hilo Hilo International Airport
Lihue Lihue Airport
Idaho Boise Boise Airport
Illinois Chicago Midway International Airport
O'Hare International Airport
Indiana Indianapolis Indianapolis International Airport
Iowa Des Moines Des Moines International Airport
Kansas Wichita Wichita Eisenhower National Airport
Kentucky Louisville Louisville International Airport
Louisiana New Orleans Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
Maine Portland, ME Portland International Jetport
Maryland Baltimore Baltimore–Washington International Airport
Massachusetts Boston Logan International Airport
Michigan Detroit Detroit Metropolitan Airport
Grand Rapids Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Minnesota Minneapolis/St. Paul Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport
Mississippi Jackson Jackson International Airport
Missouri Kansas City Kansas City International Airport
St. Louis St. Louis Lambert International Airport
Nebraska Omaha Eppley Airfield
Nevada Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
Reno/Tahoe Reno-Tahoe International Airport
New Hampshire Manchester Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
New Mexico Albuquerque Albuquerque International Sunport
New York Albany, NY Albany International Airport
Buffalo Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Long Island/Islip Long Island MacArthur Airport
New York City LaGuardia Airport
Rochester, NY Greater Rochester International Airport
North Carolina Charlotte Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
Raleigh/Durham Raleigh–Durham International Airport
Ohio Cincinnati Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
Cleveland Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Columbus John Glenn Columbus International Airport
Oklahoma Oklahoma City Will Rogers World Airport
Tulsa Tulsa International Airport
Oregon Portland, OR Portland International Airport
Pennsylvania Philadelphia Philadelphia International Airport
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh International Airport
Puerto Rico San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
Rhode Island Providence T. F. Green Airport
South Carolina Charleston Charleston International Airport
Greenville/Spartanburg Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
Tennessee Memphis Memphis International Airport
Nashville Nashville International Airport
Texas Amarillo Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport
Austin Austin–Bergstrom International Airport
Corpus Christi Corpus Christi International Airport
Dallas Dallas Love Field
El Paso El Paso International Airport
Harlingen/South Padre Island Valley International Airport
Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport
William P. Hobby Airport
Lubbock Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport
Midland/Odessa Midland International Airport
San Antonio San Antonio International Airport
Utah Salt Lake City Salt Lake City International Airport
Virginia Norfolk Norfolk International Airport
Richmond Richmond International Airport
Washington Seattle/Tacoma Seattle–Tacoma International Airport
Spokane Spokane International Airport
Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Washington Dulles International Airport
Wisconsin Milwaukee Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport

Southwest Airlines flies to more than 100 domestic destinations within the US.

International Destinations

Southwest Airlines flies to more than 15 international destinations around the world.

STATE CITY AIRPORT
Aruba Oranjestad Queen Beatrix International Airport
Bahamas Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport
Belize Belize City Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport
Cayman Islands George Town Owen Roberts International Airport
Costa Rica Liberia Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport
San José Juan Santamaría International Airport
Cuba Havana José Martí International Airport
Dominican Republic Punta Cana Punta Cana International Airport
Jamaica Montego Bay Sangster International Airport
Mexico Cancún Cancún International Airport
Cozumel Cozumel International Airport
Puerto Vallarta Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport
San José del Cabo Los Cabos International Airport
Turks and Caicos Islands Providenciales Providenciales International Airport

 


Baggage

Southwest Airlines passengers are permitted to carry two-piece of checked baggage and one piece of carry-on baggage onboard their flight.

Carry-on Baggage

Southwest Airlines passengers are entitled to one item of carry-on baggage per person. This carry-on bag must not exceed 10 x 16 x 24 inches (25 x 40 x 60cm). In addition to this, passengers are allowed to bring one personal item with them on the flight, for example, a small rucksack, a handbag, a briefcase or a laptop. This small personal item must not exceed the overall dimensions of 18.5 x 8.5 x 13.5 inch (46 x 22 x 34 cm).

Checked Baggage

Passengers are allowed two items of checked baggage free of charge. This baggage must not weigh more than 50lb (22kg) per piece and must fit within the overall dimensions of 62 inches (157 cm) (L x W x H).


Economy Class

All seats on Southwest flights are economy as standard; this is the only class on all flights.

Economy Class Facilities

Economy class passengers receive free in-flight entertainment, including films and tv shows. All seating is open-seating, meaning that passengers simply choose their seat once they are on the plane. This avoids having to rush to get to check-in or pre-select your seat.

Economy Class Seats

The seats on the Southwest fleet range from 31-33 inch pitch and 17 - 17.8 inches wide with 2 inches recline and adjustable headrests. This is reported to be one of the most comfortable economy seats on low-cost carriers, as the company have larger-than-average sears with enhanced cushion support in the seat.


Premium Economy Class

There is no premium economy currently available with this airline.


Business Class

Southwest has a booking fare called Business Select, which allows passengers certain privileges when flying with this airline. Although the onboard seating arrangements will be the same as every other passenger, such as being in the same cabin, Business Select passengers get priority features which enhance their experience.

Business Class Facilities

Passengers will get guaranteed priority boarding, which is perfect for the open-seating plan, as passengers can enter the plane first, choose their seat and settle before the rest of the passengers are permitted on the plane. Check-in is also quicker, with lines all being fast-tracked for security and check-in. Passengers in Business will also receive a complimentary premium drink voucher to use on the day of travel, which includes options of alcoholic beverages.

What are the Business Class Seats Like?

The seats for business class are just the same as economy class, which are described above.


First Class

There is currently no first classed offered on this airline.


In-Flight Entertainment

Southwest Airlines does not offer seat back in-flight entertainment but you can download the Southwest app to get access to in-flight entertainment for free.


Food and Beverage

Southwest Airlines offers free soft drinks and coffee onboard but alcoholic drinks are available to buy. Pretzels are free onboard. The menu onboard is available on their website.


WiFi

Enjoy fast WIFI when you fly with Southwest Airlines. Allowing you to stay connected while being thousands of feet in the air, ultra-fast WIFI gives you access to all of your favourite streaming service, emails and messages, so you don't miss out on your favourite shows or important updates at work while you're flying. The airline's WIFI is available on Southwest flights, all-day WiFi only costs USD $8 (price as of 2020).


Check-in Information

Online Check-in

For passengers flying on Southwest Airlines, web check-in reservation is available on all flights. You can check-in online by visiting the online check-in page and entering your confirmation number, first and last name. Online check-in opens 24 hours before to one hour prior to scheduled flight departure time.

Airport Check-in

Airport check-in can be completed by visiting the dedicated check-in counters at the airport of departure. Airport check-in opens three hours before scheduled flight departure time and generally closes 30 minutes to one hour before.


Frequent Flyer Program

Rapid Rewards

This airline operates a frequent flyer program called Rapid Rewards to reward its regular passengers.

In 2011, Rapid Rewards changed to a points system based on ticket cost. Members earn and redeem points based on a three-tier fare scale multiplier and the cost of the ticket. Changes also included no blackout dates, seat restrictions or expiring credits. It also adds more options to use points.

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Airline Alliance

Southwest Airlines is not a member of any airline alliance.


Fleet

The extensive fleet consists of Boeing 737-700s, Boeing 737MAXs, and Boeing 737-800s, delivering more than 4,000 flights per day in peak season. In total, the airline has a fleet of almost over 750 aircraft and carried more than 134 million passengers in 2019.

AIRCRAFT IN SERVICE ORDERS
Boeing 737-700 506 0
Boeing 737-800 207 0
Boeing 737 MAX 7* 0 6
Boeing 737 MAX 8* 0 27

*Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are now being grounded, hence, the airline has 34 more 737 MAX in storage.

 


Hub Airport

Dallas Love Field

Dallas Love Field is a city-owned airport located 6 miles outside of the city of Dallas. The airport was Dallas's main airport until Dallas Fort Worth International Airport opened in 1974. Other airlines that operate out of the airport include Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines ;and Taos Air.


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News

3 September 2020

Southwest Airlines new destinations

Southwest is looking to start its flights to Miami International Airport and Palm Springs International Airport within 2020.

24 February 2020

New destination for Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is planning to start seasonal daily flights between Denver and Steamboat Springs. The route is planned to commence in winter 2020. Currently, United Express is the only operator between the two destinations.

27 January 2020

Southwest to grow Hawaii service in 2020

Southwest is focused on growing its Hawaii service in 2020. The airline operates 14 daily flights from California to Hawaii via Oakland, Sacramento and San Jose. This is in addition to 38 daily departures across its inter-island network.

In march 2020, Southwest will kick off new routes from Sacramento to Kahului, and from San Diego to Maui and Honolulu in April.

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