Support Continues To Grow For Southwest's Proposed Service Between Houston's William P. Hobby Airport And Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:00am EST

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More than Ten Thousand Supporters Sign Petition to Bring Low-fare Alternative to
the Houston-Washington, D.C. Market

DALLAS,  Dec. 21, 2012  /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today
announced that less than two weeks after unveiling  ,
more than 10,000 supporters signed a petition advocating for nonstop service
between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and William P. Hobby
Airport (HOU), with same-plane, continuing service to  Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Earlier this month, Southwest filed an application with the U.S. Department of
Transportation (DOT) for slot exemptions that would allow the carrier to offer
nonstop service between DCA and HOU. The proposed service is possible due to
Spirit Airlines' discontinued use of the slot exemptions, which are available
for use inside Washington National's traditional 1,250 mile service perimeter.

In addition to the more than 10,000 supporters who endorsed the petition, many
federal, state, and local officials-including four  United States  Senators and
30 Members of Congress from  Texas  and  New Mexico, as well as the Mayors of 
Houston  and Albuquerque-voiced their support through letters to U.S. Secretary
of Transportation  Ray LaHood. Other supporters include the  City of Houston 
and the Greater Houston Partnership, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,
the Houston Area Urban League, and the Association of  Commerce  and  Industry 
of  New Mexico, just to name a few.

A decision by the DOT is expected in the first quarter of 2013. Southwest is
prepared to begin service this spring if awarded the slots.

Southwest has served  Houston  since  June 18, 1971, and currently has more than
2,700 HOU Employees operating 143 daily flights. Earlier this year, the Houston
City Council approved Southwest's proposal to construct a new five-gate
international facility at Hobby Airport. This new service is scheduled to begin
in 2015.  


In its 42nd year of service,  Dallas-based Southwest Airlines  (NYSE: LUV) 
continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer
Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers
annually. Southwest is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating
passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways,
operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 97
destinations in 41 states, the  District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of 
Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries. Southwest is one of the most
honored airlines in the world, known for its commitment to the triple bottom
line of Performance, People and Planet. To read about how Southwest is doing its
part to be a good corporate citizen, visit  to read
the Southwest Airlines One Report.

SOURCE  Southwest Airlines

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