Southwest Airlines announced today that it will start daily, non-stop service between Charleston and Dallas Love Field starting Aug. 9. The announcement comes just two weeks after the airline announced new, Saturday only service.
Saturday service, which Southwest announced on Feb. 22, begins April 11 between Charleston International and Dallas Love Field. Passengers will only have to wait four months before daily service begins.
“We knew this would be a route that would grow quickly. We are pleasantly surprised that Southwest has decided to expand to daily service so soon,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., director of airports for the Charleston County Aviation Authority.
The latest new service announcement from Southwest
includes 16 additional flights and service to eight new nonstop cities, from Dallas Love Field. The new service was the result of Southwest acquiring the rights to two additional Dallas Love Field gates, providing the opportunity to add destinations and more nonstop flights.
“With the end of the Wright Amendment and our sublease of two additional Love Field gates, Southwest is thrilled to offer customers more Dallas flights and nonstop service to 50 destinations. These new travel options and Southwest’s low-fare competition will provide enormous benefits to consumers and businesses in Dallas and all the cities we will serve. We’re continuing to deliver on the promise we first made here at Love Field nearly 44 years ago: to offer the best flight schedule and airline product, delivered by the best People in our industry, which now includes more than 9,000 Dallas-based Employees,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines chairman, president and chief executive officer.
Southwest is one of seven airlines currently providing air service at Charleston International Airport. Along with Southwest, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, US Airways, United Airlines, JetBlue Airlines and Porter Airlines give Charleston passengers access to 23 airports in 17 cities in the United States and Canada. The number of airlines serving Charleston grows to eight March 19 with Silver Airways daily, nonstop service to Tampa and Orlando.
Campbell said Southwest's daily service to Dallas Love Field will add about 54,000 new seats coming to Charleston each year.
“These are very exciting times at CHS,” Campbell said. “We are renovating and expanding the airport to improve the passenger experience. Now, new air service that gives our passengers great choices in destinations will further enhance the passenger experience at CHS.”
Charleston International Airport welcomed more than 3.1 million passengers in 2014, an all-time record.