Southwest to fly to 6 new cities from Denver |

Southwest to fly to 6 new cities from Denver

DENVER, Colorado – Southwest Airlines will add 15 flights to six cities from Denver International Airport, boosting its Denver flight schedule by 27 percent.

The Dallas-based discount carrier said Wednesday the changes are part of a plan to shift flights to key growth markets. Systemwide, Southwest will add 49 flights and eliminate 40 effective May 10.

The Denver additions include five daily roundtrip flights to Los Angeles, three each to San Antonio and St. Louis, two to Philadelphia and one each to Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and San Jose, Calif.

“Southwest is intent on strategically changing its flight schedule in 2008 to reflect demand and grow revenue ” even adding seasonal flights when we can,” Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly said.

Southwest currently operates 56 daily nonstop flights at DIA, where it is in an aggressive battle against United and Frontier airlines. The competition has benefited consumers with lower ticket prices and more choices.

Southwest re-entered the Denver market two years ago with 13 flights to three cities.

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