Thursday, December 17, 2009

Southwest Airlines Announces Destinations, Fares for New Service at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) today announced it will begin offering nonstop flights to four destinations from the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport when it opens May 23, 2010.

The four destination cities are Baltimore, Houston, Nashville and Orlando. Southwest begins selling tickets for the new service today.

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is the first international airport to be opened in the nation in more than a decade. The new airport, located in West Bay, will serve as a gateway to Northwest Florida and its world-famous beaches.

“We are very excited to join Southwest Airlines in announcing these four great destinations,” said Airport Authority Chairman Joe Tannehill. “This new service will open up our region to greater numbers of visitors and provide excellent travel opportunities for Northwest Florida residents. With this announcement, we are truly Northwest Florida’s low-cost airport.”

Southwest Airlines is the nation’s low-fare airline, currently serving 65 cities in 33 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates 3,300 flights a day and has more than 35,000 employees system-wide.

The new, $318 million, Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport will feature a 10,000-foot runway. The terminal building will be 125,000 square feet and have 7 gates. The airport aims to have the first LEED certified Terminal Building in the nation, with a state-of-the art storm water management system, extensive use of sustainable materials and a landscaping plan that will not require supplemental irrigation.

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