On Aug. 12, 2012, Southwest Airlines launched two new daily non-stop flights to St. Louis, marking the first time the San Antonio International airport had direct non-stop service to the Missouri city.
“Southwest Airlines has been a great partner for San Antonio over the last 41 years,” said Frank R. Miller, aviation director for the City of San Antonio. “This launch only solidifies Southwest’s confidence in San Antonio and they continue to offer the air service that both leisure and business travelers are looking for.”
In conjunction with the celebration of the new service, San Antonio International Airport partnered with St. Louis International Airport and held concurrent contests to win round trip tickets, courtesy of Southwest Airlines. The contest was held over social media, including Facebook and Twitter. Entrants needed to answer trivia regarding each of the two cities, on the airport’s respective Facebook pages over a five-day period. Entrants who answered all five questions correctly were entered into a random drawing for the tickets. This marks the first time San Antonio International has partnered with another airport in such a way to market new service.
This is the second such launch Southwest Airlines has made in recent months in adding new service to San Antonio. In May, Southwest Airlines announced it would be starting its first international flights from San Antonio to Mexico City and Cancun on AirTran Airways, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines.
In addition to the service to St. Louis, the Airport will soon welcome Alaska Airlines, which will start direct non-stop service to Seattle, and U.S. Airways will soon start direct non-stop service to Philadelphia.
For more information, visit the City's Aviation website.