Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800

MIAMI — Southwest Airlines has put a bet on this summer’s travel season out of its hub at Baltimore (BWI), after announcing today the plans to add extra daily non-stop flights to six existing routes, starting in June. The Dallas-based carrier is also scheduling additional flights on Saturdays to five cities.

“This is about enhancing our breadth of service and adding convenience for our Baltimore-Washington-area Customers as we seek to grow in the entire region,” said Andrew Watterson, Senior Vice President Network & Revenue.

These additional flights mean passengers will have further flying options to choose from when booking to Oakland, Denver, Manchester, Hartford, Tampa, Orlando, Seattle and Nashville. According to Watterson, the airline is responding to customer demand, and hinted that the airline is just “getting started,” suggesting possible additional announcements.

According to U.S. DOT statistics, Southwest Airlines is the leading airline at Baltimore, where it transports over 70% of all passengers. Baltimore remains the Washington region’s busiest airport, setting its seventh consecutive monthly record for passengers in January. In 2015, BWI had 23.8 million passengers, topping Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport by about 800,000 passengers.

Southwest has served Baltimore for 22 years, and since July 2014, it has opened international flights to Aruba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Mexico and Dominican Republic, as well as to Costa Rica.