From Illinois Business Journal news services
ST. LOUIS – Southwest Airlines is expanding its operations in St. Louis with the announcement of new non-stop service between Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and Pittsburgh, Des Moines, Iowa, and Wichita, Kan.. in the spring of 2016.
In all, Southwest is adding eight daily departures to its late spring schedule across six destinations.
Daily non-stop service to Pittsburgh begins March 10 and will replace service currently being offered by American Airlines (previously, US Air) until December 2015.
Beginning April 12, Southwest will begin service to two new markets for St. Louis, with two daily flights each to Des Moines and Wichita. That same day, Southwest will begin year-round service to Seattle, Wash., upgraded from seasonal service in the summer in past years. The airline is also adding a second daily flight to Tulsa, Okla., as well as a second daily flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. Tickets to all these destinations are available now on Southwest.com.
“Southwest has continued to show its commitment to St. Louis with this announcement of new flights which really expands our connectivity across the U.S.” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We quickly regain Pittsburgh service and we gain new and important Midwest markets in Des Moines and Wichita, to allow travelers to fly direct or to connect through St. Louis to every major market in the Southwest system.”
The new flights are in addition to two other new destinations announced earlier this year. Southwest will begin a daily non-stop flight between St. Louis and John Wayne Airport in Los Angeles on Nov. 22. In early January, Southwest will begin daily service between St. Louis and Little Rock, Ark.
When the April 12 flights begin, Southwest will serve 39 destinations from St. Louis for a total of 97 daily departures. Lambert will be the 12th busiest airport in the Southwest system.