Southwest to Fly Washington National to Houston Hobby

Southwest Awarded DCA Slot Award


Southwest Airlines 737 on Approach to Washington National

Southwest Airlines 737 on Approach to Washington Reagan National Airport

Washington, DC – May 7, 2013 ( The US Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded Southwest Airlines a slot pair at Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) for use on a new route to Houston Hobby Airport (HOU). Spirit Airlines abandoned the slot when they moved their Washington service to Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).

In the decision to award Southwest Airlines with the slot, the DOT said the award would increase competition between Washington National and the Houston area. Currently, United Airlines operates the only non-stop service to Houston, with flights to their hub at Houston’s Intercontinental Airport. Additionally, United operates a hub at nearby Washington-Dulles airport.

Southwest Airlines must begin flights to Houston-Hobby Airport by August 5th.

US Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood said, “Southwest’s service will provide air travelers with a new, low-cost option when they fly between Reagan National and Houston.”

Reagan National Airport is a slot restricted airport and provides easy access to downtown Washington.

Other airlines which applies for the slot pair left behind by Spirit include US Airways with proposed service to Oklahoma City and JetBlue Airways with proposed service to Jacksonville, Florida.

Today, Southwest Airlines made a number of schedule changes to begin in November and opened up bookings through New Year’s weekend.

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