Southwest Airlines Expands at NYC LaGuardia (LGA) and Reagan (DCA) and More


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Southwest Airlines announced they’ll be launching some new routes across the country as they’ve published their flight schedule through Jan. 6, 2019. Expect to see new service from New York (LGA) and Washington Reagan (DCA) as a few of the highlights.

We previously covered how Southwest Airlines to Add More LaGuardia and Washington Reagan (DCA) Flightsas a result of the airline receiving several new slots at both of these airports. Due to airport congestion, both airports are currently slot restricted, however Alaska Airlines will be ending service to New York (LGA), and cutting back at Washington Reagan (DCA), meaning they will be leasing their unused slots to Southwest Airlines.

Here’s a rundown of all the new service they’ll be launching:

Beginning Nov. 4, 2018, Southwest will add new nonstop service between:

  • New York (LaGuardia) and New Orleans
  • New York (LaGuardia) and West Palm Beach, Fla. (Saturday only)
  • New York (LaGuardia) and Orlando (Saturday only)

Also on Nov. 4, 2018, Southwest will add one additional weekday nonstop flight between:

  • New York (LaGuardia) and Dallas (An increase to five weekday nonstop flights)
  • New York (LaGuardia) and Denver (An increase to three weekday nonstop flights)
  • New York (LaGuardia) and Kansas City, Mo. (An increase to two weekday nonstop flights)

Beginning Nov. 4, 2018, the carrier will link Washington, D.C. (Reagan National) and Oklahoma City with daily nonstop service. On the same day, the carrier is also adding one additional flight on the following routes:

  • Washington, D.C. (Reagan National) and Nashville (An increase to four weekday roundtrip flights)
  • Washington, D.C. (Reagan National) and Dallas (An increase to five weekday roundtrip flights)

Other highlights in the announcement include added domestic routes from both San Jose, CA and Burbank, CA. On the international front, Southwest will add a third daily nonstop flight between Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and Havana. Chicago (MDW) also picks up a new international route as we add Saturday and Sunday service to Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos (SJD), subject to government approvals.

Bottom Line

Southwest typically realigns their route network and schedule several times throughout the year, usually as they expand their latest schedule. It’s great to see the additional routes/frequencies from New York (LGA) and Washington D.C. (DCA) as a result of the new slots the airline has received from Alaska Airlines.

I’ll add that this route annoucement doesn’t share any updates about their Hawaii service beyond what’s already been announced nor routes from Paine Field, which they intent to also launch service.

If you’re looking to redeem Rapid Rewards points for these flights, remember Southwest is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards if you need to transfer over some miles.

What are your thoughts on these latest route announcements from Southwest? Feel free to share below.

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