Southwest Airlines on Monday declared plans to serve three new destinations across the US later this year.
The low-cost carrier will soon serve Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Bellingham, Washington; and Eugene, Oregon in one more pandemic-time extension that follows the expansion of Bozeman, Montana, and Destin, Florida declared a month ago.
Myrtle Beach will be the first city to see new flights, with CEO Gary Kelly saying in a proclamation that the destination plans to serve summer travelers and golf players, specifically.
Golf bags consider one of the two complimentary bags that Southwest flyers can check, with the aircraft begetting “golf bags fly free” as a play on one of its classic slogans, “bags fly free.”
The coastal Carolinian city adds to Southwest’s current chain of destinations on the southeast Atlantic shoreline. Savannah, Georgia, and Miami were was added to Southwest’s network in 2020 and the Myrtle Beach option gives the transporter inclusion at essentially every significant airport on the Atlantic coast from South Carolina to south Florida.
Bellingham, nearer to Vancouver, Canada than Seattle, will at that point see flight in the second half of 2021 as it serves a cross-border market. Canadians frequently drive across the US border to get flights to save on the taxes collected on international flights by the US and Canadian governments.
“Following the reopening of the Canadian border, we expect a return of the value-minded travelers who already drive to this alternative airport to escape high fares and taxes-and that’s very, very typical for Southwest destinations,” Kelly said.
The US-Canada border is right now shut for insignificant travel, a pandemic-period policy approaching its first anniversary, yet it could be reopened when Southwest beginnings service.
US and Canadian authorities renew the policy monthly and the sped-up vaccine rollout in the US may empower resuming talks.
Southwest joins any semblance of Washington state’s hometown aircraft Alaska Airlines and ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air in serving Bellingham.
Eugene might be Southwest’s second destination in the Beaver State behind Portland, encircled by national forests and within driving distance from Oregon’s Pacific coast and Crater Lake National Park.
Southwest will not be separated from everyone else in the city as American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Alaska, and Allegiant serve Eugene from cities around the US.
Flights to Eugene are additionally scheduled for the second half of 2021.
Routes have not yet been declared to any of the new cities yet Southwest will probably offer service of close-by bases that offer connections the nation over.
For Bellingham and Eugene, that probably implies flights to Denver, Dallas, Las Vegas, or Phoenix while Myrtle Beach may see service to Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, or Nashville, Tennessee.
All routes will be flown by the airline’s Boeing 737 airplane and will probably see the Boeing 737, Max. Southwest intends to continue flying the Max on March 11, the last airline in the US to do as such behind American Airlines, United Airlines, and Alaska Airlines.
Two existing destinations – Steamboat Springs and Telluride in Colorado – will likewise have their seasonal flights reached out through the summer.