It’s that Time of the Year Again

MIAMI – Southwest Airlines has extended its flight schedule through July 2015. With this update, the airline will spread its heart between many new city pairs, and this summer, it will fly its largest flight schedule in history.

The carrier has added a lot of seasonal flights to the Northwest region of the United States—particularly Seattle and Portland, Oregon—as well as many flights to the Northeast region of the United States.

On June 7, 2015, Southwest will Launch the Following New Nonstop Flights:

  • Two daily flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and Portland, Oregon
  • One daily flight between Oakland and Nashville
  • One daily flight between Oakland and New Orleans
  • One daily flight between Indianapolis and Los Angeles (LAX)

On June 28, 2015, Southwest will Launch the Following New Nonstop Flights:

  • Two daily flights between Indianapolis and Boston Logan
  • One daily flight between Austin and Orange County/Santa Ana
  • One daily flight between Austin and St. Louis

Also today, the carrier began selling seats on daily service between Orange County/Santa Ana and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and seasonal, Saturday-only service between Baltimore/Washington (BWI) and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico. Subject to government approval, these flights will begin June 7, 2015, and the seasonal flights will be operated through August 7, 2015

The Flight Schedule Extension for Early Summer 2015 also Brings Additional Seasonal Flights Effective June 7, 2015 (Unless Otherwise Noted), Including Nonstop Service between:

  • Albany and Denver-Operated once on Saturdays
  • Albuquerque and Orlando-Operated once daily
  • Austin and Portland, Oregon-Operated once daily (beginning June 28)
  • Austin and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico-Operated once daily
  • Atlanta and Seattle/Tacoma-Operated once daily
  • Baltimore/Washington (BWI) and Portland, Oregon-Operated once daily
  • Boise and Chicago (Midway)-Operated once daily
  • Chicago (Midway) and Portland, Maine-Operated once on Saturdays
  • Houston (Hobby) and Portland, Oregon-Operated once daily
  • Houston (Hobby) and Salt Lake City-Operated once on Saturdays
  • Houston (Hobby) and Seattle/Tacoma-Operated twice daily
  • Kansas City and Seattle/Tacoma-Operated once daily
  • Los Angeles (LAX) and Omaha -Operated once daily
  • Las Vegas and Manchester-Operated once on Saturdays
  • Nashville and Seattle/Tacoma-Operated once daily
  • Norfolk/Virginia Beach and Tampa Bay-Operated once on Saturdays
  • Seattle/Tacoma and St. Louis-Operated once daily
  • Spokane and Chicago (Midway)-Operated once daily

“Our June and July schedule is the biggest in our history with as many as 3,800 flights a day,” said Andrew Watterson, Southwest’s Vice President of Network Planning & Performance.  “What we’re announcing today is an additional investment in many of our long-time communities.  We’re connecting our Customers to what’s important to them– more seats at our low fares, our great Customer Service and policies, and better schedules through nonstop options.”

Although this is Southwest’s largest schedule that it plans to operate, the pressure is on to operate it very efficiently, especially after the operational issues it faced in 2013 that caused many delays and cancellations. There was a demand for Southwest, according to the Cranky Flier, and it had two options; it could operate its existing schedule or try to squeeze in a few more flights. Unfortunately, the airline chose the later.

According the The Cranky Flier, the operations group told the scheduling team that Southwest could operate a tighter schedule based on previous performances. So, that’s what the carrier did.

The carrier’s flights became consistently late due to mechanical and weather issues. It took for some time for Southwest to fix the operational issues, but now, it said it has fixed the operational issues.