Southwest shifts its schedule to more profitable routes

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As part of a shift in its schedule to service high-demand routes, Southwest is adding six more routes out of Denver May 10 with new service to Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; San Antonio; San Jose, Calif.; and St. Louis.

According to CEO Gary Kelly, the additions are part of a Southwest shift in its schedule because of its concerns about slowing economic growth, and the subsequent need to better build its schedule around flights that are in high demand.

All told, Southwest is eliminating 57 existing daily roundtrip flights as of May 10 and adding 40 elsewhere, including 15 in the Denver market for those new routes.

Southwest also is adding new service from Austin, Texas, to Fort Lauderdale and Oakland, Calif.; from Fort Lauderdale to Manchester, N.H.; from Las Vegas to Jacksonville, Fla.; and from Nashville to Norfolk, Va.

The changes also include some shifts for seasonal changes in demand, such as a fifth additional daily flight from Seattle to Chicago (Midway) and one less daily flight from Baltimore/Washington to West Palm Beach.

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