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Southwest adds more flights to Love Field


Southwest Airlines said it will add nine more destinations out of Dallas Love Field starting in April.

The Dallas-based carrier said it will begin flights to Columbus, Indianapolis, Memphis, Milwaukee, Portland, Ore., Sacramento, San Jose., Calif. and Seattle/Tacoma on April 8. Saturday-only flights to Charleston, S.C. will begin on April 11.

“With these new flights, Southwest is offering more of the low-fare nonstop travel our Dallas customers want, at the times of day that makes the most sense to connect them to what’s important in their lives,” said Southwest chief executive Gary Kelly in a statement.

The additions come as Southwest struck a deal with United Airlines to obtain United’s two gates at Love Field a few weeks ago. With the new flights, Southwest will have 166 daily flights at Dallas Love Field.

Prior to the lifting of the Wright Amendment restrictions in October, which limited airlines ability to fly long-haul routes out of Love, Southwest operated around 120 daily flights.

The carrier will also begin offering daily flights to Panama City Beach from Dallas on April 8. The route previously was only operated on Saturdays. Southwest is also increaseing flights to Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Oakland and Santa Ana/Orange County.