Southwest Airlines Drops Three Cities from its Route
Southwest Airlines will stop flying out of three airports: Branson Airport (BKG), Key West International Airport (EYW), and Jackson-Evers International Airport (JAN) starting June 7, 2014, announced the airline Dec. 5.
Southwest began service to Jackson-Evers International in 1997. The airline added Branson Airport and Key West International Airport to its route map in 2012 as part of its integration with AirTran, a wholly-owned subsidiary.
Over the next six months, Southwest will operate its full schedule at each of these cities, and there will be no disruption to reservations for travel through June 6, 2014.
“Unfortunately, the level of local demand no longer allows Southwest to profitably serve these markets,” says Bob Jordan, Southwest’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “Southwest takes pride in becoming not only a great choice for air travel in the cities we serve, but we also become a member of the community. These decisions are never easy.”
The company’s priority is to take excellent care of its dedicated employees, partners, and customers in these markets. Southwest employees at these locations have performed superbly and will have the opportunity to move elsewhere within the airline, after operations cease next year.
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