Southwest boosts flights out of Denver |

Southwest boosts flights out of Denver

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Southwest Airlines will add 15 flights to six new cities from Denver International Airport, boosting its Denver flight schedule by 27 percent.

The Dallas-based discount carrier said Wednesday the changes are part of a plan to shift flights to key growth markets. Systemwide, Southwest will add 49 flights and eliminate 40 effective May 10.

The Denver additions include five daily roundtrip flights to Los Angeles, three each to San Jose, Calif., and St. Louis, two to Philadelphia and one each to Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and San Antonio.

Southwest also will add one daily flight from Denver to each of three other cities: Chicago, which currently has six flights; Austin, Texas, which currently has one; and Albuquerque, N.M., which currently has three.

“Southwest is intent on strategically changing its flight schedule in 2008 to reflect demand and grow revenue ” even adding seasonal flights when we can,” Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly said.

Southwest currently operates 56 daily nonstop flights at DIA, where it is in an aggressive battle against United and Frontier airlines. The competition has benefited consumers with lower ticket prices and more choices.

Southwest re-entered the Denver market two years ago with 13 flights to three cities.

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