Effective April 12, 2016, Southwest Airlines will offer daily nonstop service to St. Louis and Phoenix from Wichita Eisenhower National Airport. The St. Louis service will be offered twice daily; the Phoenix service once a day. Also, effective April 11, Southwest will discontinue service to Dallas Love Field and Chicago Midway from Wichita Eisenhower National Airport.
Officials have scheduled a news conference at 1:15 p.m. today at the Airport Administration, 2173 Air Cargo Road.
From St. Louis, Southwest serves 35 nonstop markets and will give Wichita travelers convenient connections to top markets such as Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, Newark, Baltimore, Washington National, Orlando, Nashville, San Antonio, among others. The St. Louis route provides Wichita travelers fare relief to many top markets to the north and east.
From Phoenix Sky Harbor, Southwest serves 49 nonstop markets including Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco Denver, Spokane, Los Angeles, Oakland, Ontario, Portland, and Sacramento. Phoenix is the fifth top destination from the Wichita airport.
Southwest officials said the two new routes stem from changing travel patterns between Wichita and Dallas Love Field and Wichita and Chicago Midway. Southwest will still offer Wichita travelers low-fare service to Chicago Midway through St. Louis and to Dallas Love through St. Louis and Phoenix.
“The new routes will expand options for customers in Wichita to get to popular destinations,” said Dan Landson, a Southwest spokesman. “These new destinations connect our customers to the people and places that are important to them with minimal travel time and fewer stops.”
“This new service provides two new, daily nonstop destinations and shows Southwest’s commitment to Wichita,” said Valerie Wise, the Wichita Airport Authority’s Air Service & Business Development Manager.
Southwest publishes fares only at Southwest.com, offers a Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program and does not charge fees or for the first two bags.