Southwest Starts Atlanta Flights on February 12

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 (Photo Credit: Southwest)

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 (Photo: Southwest)

Southwest Officially Begins Atlanta Flights

The first Southwest Airlines aircraft will touchdown at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) on Saturday, February 11, at approximately 1:45pm.  The arriving aircraft will feature a special Canyon Blue livery to highlight the Georgia Aquarium and will arrive full of Southwest employees to prepare for Southwest for their first day of operations in Atlanta on Sunday, February 12.

Southwest Airlines will use the North Terminal for check-in and baggage claim; airside, Southwest flights will operate in concourse C, along with AirTran, and the first departure will start at 6:00am.

Southwest First Atlanta Destinations

The first five destinations, to start flying on February 12, from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) are:

  • Austin (AUS)
  • Baltimore/Washington/International (BWI)
  • Chicago Midway (MDW)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Houston-Hobby Airport (HOU)

Additional destinations are scheduled to be added over the next several months; some destinations will be new routes while some AirTran operated routes will be switched over to Southwest.

Previously reported additions to the Southwest’s Atlanta network include Atlanta (ATL) to Las Vegas (LAS) and Atlanta to Phoenix (PHX) beginning March 10, 2012.  Starting June 10, 2012, Southwest will further grow Atlanta with Atlanta (ATL) to Los Angeles (LAX) nonstop service. 

Two other recently announced non-stops include Atlanta (ATL) to Norfolk (ORF) along with Atlanta (ATL) to Louisville International Airport (SDF), both scheduled to begin August 12, 2012

Seattle will be the first station with concurrent Southwest and AirTran flights to become all Southwest as of Aug. 12, 2012.

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