Southwest Airlines announced its plans to add service to two new cities later this year as the airline continues adding new cities to its route map. The airline will be adding Bozeman, Montana, and Destin, Florida in May 2021.
Both of these additions are a direct result of increased result of leisure flying over business travel, which the airline hopes to capture additional revenue as they enter new markets. Southwest hasn’t announced specific routes at this time.
Here’s a look at the two new Southwest cities:
- Destin/Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. will be Southwest’s eleventh Station in the state of Florida. Located on the Emerald Coast between Pensacola and Panama City, VPS service will provide enhanced access and convenience for Customers traveling to Florida’s pristine northern beaches. When you arrive keep an eye out for Air Force planes at the Eglin Air Force Base, which shares runways with VPS. Beginning on May 6, 2021, three Nashville (BNA) departures, one Baltimore/Washington (BWI) flight, and one Dallas (Love Field) (DAL) flight will connect VPS to the network each day. Once-daily Chicago (Midway) MDW service will begin on June 6, 2021. Book now on Southwest.com!
- Bozeman, Mont. service will connect Customers with Big Sky Country for the first time, making Montana Southwest’s forty-third state. Known as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, Bozeman will be especially popular for those excited about exploring the great outdoors this summer. If you’re not headed to the park straight away, check out the Museum of the Rockies where you can explore the largest collection of dinosaur remains in the country. Double-daily Denver (DEN) and Las Vegas (LAS) flights will connect BZN to the network starting on May 27, 2021, with DEN service increasing to four-daily on June 6, 2021. Book now on Southwest.com!
This news comes after Southwest recently announced Plans to Serve Miami and Palm Springs, Southwest Airlines Plans to Serve Chicago (O’Hare) and Houston (Bush Intercontinental), in addition to Montrose (Telluride), all of which come in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and Southwest looking at ways to capitalize on additional revenue in new markets.
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