Posted on: 28 October 2010 by Mark Howells
Southwest Airlines has announced that it will serve Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) with eight daily nonstops flights, six to Chicago Midway and two to St Louis beginning on 27 March 2011.
The airline added that this is the first wave of the its new schedule at Newark and that before the end of the year it will announce additional flights from the airport to begin in 2011.
"This is a great day for Southwest and for customers in the New York-New Jersey area. Southwest is proud to expand its wings into a very popular market and to provide low-fare competition," remarked Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines chairman of the board, president, and CEO.
In August, Southwest Airlines announced its intent to serve Newark Liberty International through a lease deal with Continental Airlines contingent upon the closing of the already approved Continental and United airlines’ merger, and certain governmental approvals. With this agreement, Southwest Airlines has the right to operate up to 18 daily roundtrip flights at Newark International.
"With the addition of our Newark service, Southwest will offer 11 daily nonstops between Chicago Midway and New York City which will place more of Southwest’s low fares in that highly competitive market," added Kelly. "And with the addition of Newark to our route map in March 2011 Southwest will now be able to fulfil additional demand to New York City from our customers in St. Louis and across the country."