Update: Southwest announced on April 26 that it will upgrade its nonstop seasonal service to St Louis from weekends only to seven days a week - even before the flights begin. Flights will run June 4 through August 5. Beginning August 6, nonstop to St. Louis will be on Saturdays and Sundays only. through September 30. Below is an original release from Jan. 5, 2017
Starting June 4, Charleston residents will be able to fly Southwest Airlines nonstop to St. Louis, and the popular Denver destination is coming back seven days a week. But wait, there's more. There will be even more opportunities to fly to Baltimore and Nashville.
Southwest today announced the new destinations further connecting the Lowcountry and South Carolina to the Midwest and western United States. In addition, Southwest is adding one additional nonstop flight to Baltimore (daily service) and one to Nashville (Saturdays only).
“This new air service to St. Louis and the return of air service to Denver is great news for the airport but especially for the Lowcountry and our passengers,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority.
“Southwest told us how pleased they were with the Denver route last summer. New destinations in similar markets started as seasonal offerings,” Campbell said. “We’d love to have Southwest make Denver and St. Louis permanent daily nonstop flights to those great cities.”
Southwest at CHS began flying weekly to Denver in June of 2016. This summer, the airline will fly to Denver seven days a week. The nonstop flight to St. Louis will be on Saturdays and Sundays. Both are schedule to run until Aug. 14.
"During a unique period in which Southwest Airlines has more opportunity for success than aircraft to fill its needs, we are encouraged that Southwest has included Charleston in a significant summer expansion," said Helen Turner Hill, CEO of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. "This is a company that refreshingly continues to deliver on its promise to meet our community's needs."
Southwest Airlines came to Charleston International Airport in 2011. The airline already provides nonstop flights to Chicago Midway, Baltimore, Houston and Nashville.