MIAMI – Southwest Airlines (WN) today announced a slew of new or returning, mostly seasonal routes, with six additions from Kansas City International Airport (MCI) and additional service from Denver (DEN), St. Louis (STL), and both Chicago airports.

As part of yet another expansion announcement leading up to the summer season, WN also said it would return to Costa Rica, with services connecting San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR) with Houston-Hobby (HOU) and Baltimore-Washington (BWI).

Effective June 6 through Sept. 6, these new or returning destinations from MCI are: Miami (MIA), Sarasota/Bradenton (SRQ), Destin/Ft. Walton Beach (VPS), Seattle (SEA), San Antonio (SAT) and Santa Ana/Orange County (SNA).

The summer schedule has Denver getting new or returning links to Savannah/Hilton Head (SAV), SRQ, Norfolk/Virginia Beach (ORF) and additional flights to Long Beach, Calif., (LGB) and SEA. The full announcement is here.

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX. Photo: Johann Heske/Airways

New Cities Dot the Map


In 2020, Southwest added new service to Hilo, Hawaii (ITO); Cozumel, Mexico (CZM); MIA; Palm Springs, Calif. (PSP); Steamboat Springs Colo. (SBS); and Montrose (Telluride/Crested Butte), Colo. (MTJ).

In 2021, Southwest began service to Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) and SRQ, both on Feb. 14; SAV and Colorado Springs (COS), both on March 11; Houston-Bush (IAH) and Santa Barbara, Calif. (SBA), both on April 12; and Fresno, Calif. (FAT), on April 25.

Southwest will begin service to VPS on May 6; Myrtle Beach, S.C. (MYR), on May 23; Bozeman, Mont. (BZN), on May 27; Jackson, Miss., (JAN) on June 6; and Eugene, Ore. (EUG), on Aug. 29. The Company also has announced its intention to serve Bellingham, Wash., (BLI) later this year.

N8746Q, Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX. Watching the sun set over Southern Utah. Photo: Michael Rodeback/Airways

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Featured image: Southwest Airlines N8642E Boeing 737-800. Photo: Daniel Gorun/Airways