Southwest Airlines Expands Destination Cities

GREER, S.C. --

Cities across the country are about to become more accessible to people in the Upstate, thanks to Southwest Airlines starting service to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.

Dave Edwards, executive director of GSP, said Monday that in addition to the airline’s direct flights to Chicago, Baltimore, Nashville, Houston and Orlando, at least three additional cities will be on the one-stop list.

Airport Representative Rosylin Weston confirmed that Southwest will be offering one-stop direct flights to Boston, Denver and Las Vegas. One-stop direct means the flight will make one landing during the trip, but passengers do not have to get off the plane, Weston said.

"These aren't necessarily the only one-stop direct flights that will be offered by Southwest," Weston clarified. "They are just three cities that Southwest is willing to guarantee one-stop direct flights where a large number of the people flying out of GSP want to go.”

According to GSP's origin and departure numbers, Boston, Denver and Las Vegas are in the top 25 most popular destination cities, Weston said.

Weston could not answer questions about flight prices to the three cities Edwards mentioned. She also could not comment on if all three one-stop direct flights will be offered when Southwest begins GSP service on March 13, 2011.

The routes to the three cities will be: GSP to Baltimore to Boston; GSP to Chicago to Las Vegas; GSP to Nashville to Denver, according to Weston.

"The non-stop flights to the five cities already announced makes air service more accessible to all of the 68 cities that Southwest already serves," Weston said.

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