Southwest Airways, the largest US domestic carrier, has launched flights on a number of routes from Pensacola, Richmond and Memphis, previously served by AirTran, its wholly owned subsidiary.
The new routes launched from November 3 are between Pensacola and Nashville and Houston (Hobby), Richmond and Orlando, and between Memphis and Baltimore, Houston (Hobby), Orlando, Chicago (Midway), and Tampa Bay.
The new flights are another step in the final phase of integration of Southwest and AirTran, which Southwest acquired in 2011. Southwest plans to operate flights from all cities in its combined (AirTran + Southwest) domestic network by the year’s end.
AirTran will continue flights between Atlanta and Richmond International Airport, with four daily nonstop flights. Southwest plans a full conversion in Richmond in the second half of 2014.