Southwest Airlines has announced a route change that will take effect next year. Beginning on Apr. 12, 2016, daily nonstop service to St. Louis and Phoenix will be available from Wichita Eisenhower National Airport via Southwest Airlines. Service to Phoenix, which is the fifth top destination from Wichita, will be available once per day, and service to St. Louis will be offered twice each day.
“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.
This route change will provide travelers from Wichita convenient connections to an abundance of top markets as Southwest serves 35 nonstop markets from St. Louis and another 49 nonstop markets from Phoenix Sky Harbor.
The St. Louis service allows for connections to markets such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Minneapolis, Nashville, Newark, Orlando, San Antonio, Washington National and more. The St. Louis route also provides Wichita travelers fare relief to many top markets to the north and east.
Among the 49 markets with nonstop service from Phoenix Sky Harbor are Denver, Los Angeles, Oakland, Ontario, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Spokane and many others.
“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.”
Southwest will also discontinue service to Chicago Midway and Dallas Love Field from Wichita Eisenhower National Airport effective Apr. 11, 2016.
According to Southwest officials, the two new routes are a result of 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.