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Published on Thursday, November 02, 2017

SAT and SWA Announce New Air Service on Steps of City Hall

CONTACT: Tonya HopePublic Relations Manager

Office (210) 207-1515, Cell (210) 400-7428


SAN ANTONIO (November 2, 2017) – Southwest Airlines (SWA) announced this morning, from the steps of City Hall, the launch of new daily, year-round, non-stop service to both Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL) and Oakland, CA (OAK). The service, beginning July 8, 2018, will utilize their all-Boeing 737 fleet. 

The flights will be timed to provide seamless connectivity out of both markets and allow access to some of the nation’s biggest cities. The service to OAK will provide easy and quick access to the Bay Area as well as connections throughout the West Coast, while the service to FLL will provide connections to the Caribbean and other international destinations.

“Our Air Service Development Plan indicated that 34% of large corporation travel was to the west coast,” stated Russ Handy, Aviation Director for the City of San Antonio. “Our Air Service Task Force, especially our partners and representatives of the tech sector, indicated a desire for increased access to the Bay Area, and we are pleased to be able to provide them that additional access.”

“From the Bay Area and Silicon Valley to Southern Florida and beyond, these new routes will help San Antonio travelers reach more places that matter to them more quickly,” said Dave Harvey, Managing Director of Business Development. “San Antonio holds a special place in our heart since it is where our founders’ idea to democratize the sky took shape on a cocktail napkin. We’re excited about the new opportunities these routes will bring the city and South Central Texas travelers.”

The announcement of these additional SWA flights continues a steady increase in air service offered by SAT over the past year. Today’s announcement brings the total number of new flights to 20 in the past 18 months and when the flights begin in July, SAT will offer direct, non-stop service to 43 cities. Decisions like this are made by SWA as a result of market demand, and SAT continues to show a steady increase in both business and leisure travel demand. Today’s announcement comes just days after the release of SAT’s September statistics, which indicated the 15th consecutive month of growth and record-breaking passenger volume.

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