This week Southwest Airlines added an essential ingredient to the flying options out of the Pensacola International Airport by offering non stop flights to Houston and Nashville from Pensacola. Non stop service is a plus as any traveler knows.
According to their press release, Southwest described its launch in the three cities as part of its “plan to bring Southwest Airlines service to all domestic cities in the company’s network by year’s end, as the integration of Southwest and AirTran approaches its final phases.”
Pensacola International Airport is the largest airport between New Orleans and Jacksonville, serving more than 1.5 million passengers each year. The airport supports over 5700 jobs and generates an estimated annual impact of over $565 million.
Southwest completed its acquisition of former rival AirTran in 2011, saying it would eventually fold all of AirTran’s operations into its own. During the transition, Southwest has kept both brands flying.
Southwest’s presence expands Pensacola International Airport’s routes through Houston and Nashville, making Pensacola more accessible to business and tourists across the nation.
Along with the announcement of the new routes from Pensacola Southwest Airlines Vice President of Airport Affairs, Bob Montgomery, presented Pensacola’s Ronald McDonald House with close to $90,000 raised during the most recent of Southwest’s LUV Classic golf tournaments which, for nearly 30 years, have supported families to stay near a hospital where a child is receiving medical attention.
Southwest and the Pensacola International Airport are a great team for the area, sky’s the limit.