Southwest to start Louisville & Norfolk to Atlanta

AirTran – Southwest Merger Continues – New Flights


Southwest Airlines and AirTran made additional announcements of new service today that will become effective with the August 12, 2012, flight schedule, good through September 28, 2012, when the schedule will undoubtedly be changed again.

In addition to the new Atlanta (ATL) flights from Louisville (SDF) and Norfolk (ORF), Southwest will also begin two daily nonstops between New York LaGuardia (LGA) and St. Louis (STL) and two daily nonstops between San Antonio (SAT) and St. Louis (STL).  AirTran will also add one route, Akron-Canton (CAK) to Chicago Midway (MDW) twice daily.

As the summer months slip away with the updated schedule, there will be a short period with a decline in flight schedules because of a decline in demand – that is, until the holiday periods approach.  During the August and September period, Southwest will still operate an incredible 3,250 daily flights, and that isn’t counting AirTran.

AirTran remains a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest at this point; however, the carrier is preparing to slowly conduct change-overs as of August 12th.

It’ll still remain interesting to see what moves Delta makes, if any, to protect their turf at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (ATL) where Delta and Delta Connection carriers operate the majority of flights.  Previously there was no competition on the Louisville to Atlanta route, with the exception of a Vision Airlines flight, twice daily, on a cramped Dornier-328 turbo-prop.

The new flights are available for purchase today.

Overview New Flights Starting August 12, 2012

Southwest Airlines

  • Three daily nonstops between Norfolk (ORF) and Atlanta (ATL)
  • Three daily nonstops between Louisville (SDF) and Atlanta (ATL)
  • Two daily nonstops between New York LaGuardia (LGA) and St. Louis (STL)
  • Two daily nonstops between San Antonio (SAT) and St. Louis (STL)



  • Two daily nonstops between Akron-Canton (CAK) and Chicago Midway (MDW)


As previously mentioned, two daily nonstops from Seattle (SEA) will change from AirTran to Southwest on August 12, 2012.  The station at Seattle-Tacoma Intl Airport will be the first with concurrent operations to go 100% Southwest.

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