From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel quantified by the U.S. Department of Transportation as "The Southwest Effect," a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves. On every flight, Southwest offers Customers the first two pieces of checked luggage (weight and size limitations apply) and all ticket changes without additional fees. Southwest's all Boeing fleet consistently offers leather seating and the comfort of full-size cabins, many of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi connectivity and a new, sustainable cabin interior. With 40 consecutive years of profitability, the People of Southwest operate more than 3,200 flights a day and serve communities around 86 airports in Southwest's network of domestic destinations. Southwest Airlines' frequent flights and low fares are available only at southwest.com.
AirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co., offers coast-to-coast and near-international service with nearly 500 flights a day to 47 destinations. The carrier's high-quality product includes assigned seating and Business Class. As Southwest continues to integrate AirTran's People, places, and planes into Southwest Airlines, Customers of both carriers may book flights at airtran.com and exchange earned loyalty points between both AirTran's A+ Rewards® and Southwest's Rapid Rewards® for reward travel on either airline.
ABOUT HOUSTON AIRPORT SYSTEM
The Houston Airport System (HAS) served more than 50 million passengers in 2012, generating an annual economic impact of $27.5 billion to the Houston metropolitan region. Representing one of the largest airport system's in the United States, HAS relies heavily on the presence of William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in accommodating those passengers looking to take advantage of low-cost airfare. Hobby Airport reached all-time highs in overall passenger totals in each of the last three years, thanks in large part to expanded service options brought about through its partnership with Southwest Airlines. For more information, visit fly2houston.com
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Airline also gained permanent control of 10 takeoff and landing slots that it currently operates under a lease from American.