Southwest Airlines Doubles Down on New Port Columbus Route


Southwest Airlines announced on Thursday as part of its winter schedule extension that it would be doubling service already on a recently launched route out of Port Columbus International Airport (CMH).

On April 8th Southwest began once-daily service between Port Columbus and Washington D.C.’s Reagan National Airport (DCA).

Now, effective November 1st, the route will be flown twice per day, offering additional value and convenience to central Ohio-based travelers.

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman said in a statement, “This is an excellent enhancement to our air service offerings from Port Columbus. I thank and commend Southwest Airlines for their vision to expand service to Washington D.C.”

More than 400 passengers travel each day between Columbus and Washington, and it has long been cited as a key market and priority destination for many of the Columbus region’s business and leisure travelers. Washington National is the closest and most convenient airport to our nation’s capital, but is also slot-restricted which limits the number of flights and destinations able to be served.

Columbus Regional Airport Authority President and CEO Elaine Roberts added, “Southwest choosing Port Columbus to receive service via one of the airline’s limited DCA slots is a big compliment to our community and our airport, and also recognizes the overall growth our region is experiencing.”

Southwest has been growing rapidly in Columbus as of late, and is now the airport’s largest carrier. Additional, previously-announced service will begin on August 9th with new once-daily flights to the San Francisco Bay Area via Oakland (OAK), new twice-daily flights to Boston Logan (BOS), and the addition of a third daily flight to Atlanta (ATL).

 

For more information on Port Columbus International Airport visit their website, flycolumbus.com.

For more information on Southwest Airlines visit their website, southwest.com.

 

Image credit: Columbus Regional Airport Authority.

 

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