Southwest Adds New Service

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Southwest Airlines adds service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach. (Photo courtesy of Destin-Fort Walton Beach.)

Southwest Airlines adds new service to Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) in Florida and Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) in Montana. Southwest service to both destinations begins in May 2021

“We’re adding another destination in the West, our first in Montana, and bringing additional access to the beaches of Northwest Florida just as winter-weary families begin to dream of warm summer escapes in wide-open places,” said Andrew Watterson, Southwest Airlines executive v.p and chief commercial officer, in a press statement. “Our arrival in these communities with daily service also ushers a new flexibility and everyday affordability for local travelers flying Southwest for fun, family, or work.”

Beginning May 6, 2021, Southwest customers will be able to fly nonstop between Destin/Ft. Walton Beach and four destinations: Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Dallas (Love Field), and Nashville, bringing additional connecting or same-plane service to more than 50 cities, with added nonstop service to Chicago (Midway) beginning June 6, 2021. This new service is available for purchase; however, the number of seats, days, and markets for these fares are limited.

“As families begin traveling again, they’re searching for outdoor spaces. Here in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, we’re fortunate to offer them opportunities to get out on the water, enjoy the beaches and even discover some off-the-beaten track adventures,” said Jennifer Adams, director, Destin-Fort Walton Beach Tourism, in a press statement. “Southwest Airlines is an incredibly valuable partnership for us. These new, direct routes provide an easy, affordable way for travelers who are not yet familiar with us to check us out, and invite those who are familiar to return, and perhaps try out something new they hadn’t considered before.”

In addition, the airline will add service to Montana on May 27, 2021. The addition of Bozeman will connect travelers to Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky Ski Resort, Custer Gallatin National Forest, and Montana State University. Guests can now fly nonstop between Bozeman and both Denver and Las Vegas, and reach southern Montana from more than 50 other Southwest cities on same-plane or connecting service.

Plus, most recently, the airline has also added service to both Chicago (O’Hare) and Sarasota/Bradenton on Feb. 14. The carrier will begin service to both Savannah/Hilton Head and Colorado Springs on March 11; both Houston (Bush) and Santa Barbara, Calif. on April 12; Fresno, Calif. on April 25; Destin/Ft. Walton Beach on May 6; Bozeman, Mont. on May 27; and Jackson, Miss. on June 6.

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