August 4, 2014

Southwest to add San Francisco, Oakland flights from Love

Also, CEO Gary Kelly said he disagrees with FAA’s proposed $12 million fine.

Southwest Airlines announced Monday that it will launch flights between Dallas Love Field and San Francisco and Oakland beginning on Jan. 6.

The Dallas-based carrier will expand its non-stop destinations out of Love Field in October when the Wright Amendment flight restrictions are lifted. With the addition of the two Bay Area airports in January, Southwest will have 33 nonstop destinations from Love Field next year.

The Wright Amendment, which limited nonstop routes from Love Field to a handful of states close to Texas, will expire on Oct. 13. Southwest plans to add 7 new cities initially with more destinations to be added in the next few months.

Separately, Southwest’s chief executive Gary Kelly told employees on Monday that he is disappointed with the Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed $12 million fine against the carrier.

The FAA says the airline, along with its third-party contractor, failed to follow proper procedures for replacing fuselage skins on 44 Boeing 737s.

“We disagree with respect to both the facts and the law, and we will defend our people and our company appropriately since we know that we are safe and compliant,” Kelly said in an audio recording sent to workers.

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