Southwest to Akron-Canton, Dayton & Des Moines

Southwest Announces New Routes in New Cities

Southwest Airlines made changes to their upcoming summer and fall flight schedules today, April 2, 2012.  The changes include beginning service to Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) and Dayton International Airport (DAY) starting on August 12, 2012.

Southwest’s schedule at Akron-Canton (CAK) includes two daily round-trip flights to Chicago Midway (MDW) and Denver International (DEN) with one round-trip daily, both core Southwest cities with many flights.

Dayton International Airport (DAY) will begin with one daily return flight to Denver International (DEN).

Southwest’s flights in both cities will complement AirTran’s existing service in these cities.  AirTran’s service will continue, and the airlines will jointly determine the best time to convert all AirTran’s flying to Southwest.

Des Moines (DSM) – AirTran to Southwest


Des Moines will become a full Southwest Airlines operation.  Starting on September 30, 2012, Southwest will operate two roundtrip flights between Des Moines (DSM) and Chicago Midway (MDW).  Southwest will assume all flying at Des Moines.

Southwest Network Benefits


Southwest Airlines selectively chose Akron-Canton (CAK), Dayton (DAY), and Des Moines (DSM) to allow these markets to realize the benefits of the Southwest network, connecting them to large Southwest operations such as Chicago Midway and Denver.

“Southwest Airlines is thrilled to begin service to three markets that have for years desired to see canyon blue planes touch down on their runways,” said Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer and AirTran Airways President Bob Jordan. “Southwest will continue to serve these markets with exceptional Customer Service at a great value, with access to the broad Southwest network of destinations.”

The 22 AirTran Markets


In January, Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways confirmed plans for Southwest to continue operations at 22 AirTran markets where Southwest Airlines does not currently operate.

In addition to Akron-Canton (CAK), Dayton International (DAY) and Des Moines (DSM), which made up three of these 22 AirTran markets, 19 remain.

The 19 markets that will eventually join the Southwest route map include:

  • Flint Bishop Airport (FNT);
  • Greater Rochester (NY) International (ROC);
  • Pensacola Gulf Coast Rgnl Airport (PNS);
  • Charlotte/Douglas Intl Airport (CLT);
  • Richmond Intl Airport (RIC);
  • Key West Intl Airport (EYW);
  • Ronald Reagan Washington DC National (DCA);
  • Memphis Intl Airport (MEM);
  • Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT);
  • Branson Missouri Airport (BBG);
  • Portland Intl Jetport Airport Maine (PWM);
  • Gerald R. Ford Grand Rapids Intl, MI (GRR);
  • Punta Cana Int’l Airport, Dominican Republic (PUJ – MDPC);
  • Cancun Int’l Airport, Mexico (CUN – MMUN);
  • Sangster Int’l Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ – MKJS);
  • Queen Beatrix Intl Airport Aruba (AUA – TNCA);
  • Luis Munoz Marin Intl Airport San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU – TJSJ);
  • Bermuda Int’l Airport (BDA – TXKF);
  • Lynden Pindling Nassau Intl, Bahamas (NAS – MYNN).


Southwest Airlines will continue to make announcements over the next several years as it solidifies plans for these additional cities subject to labor negotiations.   Three down and nineteen to go of the selected 22 cities.

Notice: we have included both the three letter IATA airport code plus the four letter IACO airport code for locations outside of the lower 48.

New Seasonal Southwest Routes


Southwest Airlines will add a seasonal flight between Lambert-St Louis Intl Airport (STL) and Panama City Beach via Northwest Florida Beaches Intl Airport (ECP).   Additionally, Southwest will operate between Portland Intl Airport (PDX) and Austin-Bergstrom Intl Airport (AUS).

A seasonal round-trip will be added between Boston Logan Airport (BOS) and Lambert-St Louis Intl Airport (STL), as well as an additional frequency between Dallas-Love Field (DAL) and Austin-Bergstrom Intl Airport (AUS).

The seasonal routes will become effective on June 3, 2012.

On a closing note, AirTran’s new schedule includes additional frequencies out of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Intl (ATL) to Baltimore/Washington Intl (BWI), Houston Hobby (HOU), Chicago Midway (MDW), Denver (DEN), and Los Angeles (LAX).


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