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March 24, 2014

Southwest adds seven new routes to Washington Reagan

With the slots it bought from American Airlines earlier this year, Southwest Airlines announced Monday that it will add seven new routes to its operations at Washington Reagan National Airport later this summer.

The Dallas-based carrier said it will add six roundtrips to Chicago-Mmidway, three daily flights to Nashville and two roundtrips to New Orleans on August 10. Beginning on September 30, it will add two daily flights to Tampa Bay and three additional trips to Chicago-Midway.

And then on November 2, it will add a daily flight to Akron-Canton, Dallas Love Field and Indianapolis. Additional flights will be placed on their routes to Houston-Hobby and St. Louis.

"By year's end, we'll offer 44 daily departures to 14 destinations from Reagan National Airport," said Southwest executive vice president Ron Ricks in a statement. "Southwest looks forward to bringing more of our low-fare, large-jet, customer-friendly service to travelers who work and live close to Reagan National."

To gain U.S. Justice Department approval for their merger, American and US Airways agreed to give up 52 takeoff and landing slots at Reagan. Southwest acquired 27 slots at Reagan as part of the divestiture.

-Andrea Ahles



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