Southwest Airlines ceasing operations in Branson, Key West, Jackson-Evers in 2014

6 December 2013

Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) said it will close three cities in the airline´s network.

On June 7, 2014, Southwest will cease operations at Branson Airport (BKG), Key West International Airport (EYW), and Jackson-Evers International Airport (JAN). Southwest began service to Jackson-Evers International in 1997. The airline added Branson Airport and Key West International Airport to its route map in 2012 as part of its integration with AirTran, a wholly-owned subsidiary.

“Unfortunately, the level of local demand no longer allows Southwest to profitably serve these markets,” said Bob Jordan, Southwest´s executive vice president. “Southwest takes pride in becoming not only a great choice for air travel in the cities we serve, but we also become a member of the community. These decisions are never easy.”

In its 42nd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines and its subsidiary, AirTran Airways, serve 96 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries. The company´s website is at www.southwest.com.

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