Southwest Airlines Launches Daily Flights at SYR

Syracuse, New York –Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) and the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority (SRAA) celebrated the first-ever regularly-scheduled Southwest flights from Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) today. The world’s largest low-cost carrier began year-round and daily nonstop service from SYR to Baltimore, MD (BWI) today and will launch additional nonstop service to Orlando, FL (MCO) this Saturday, November 20th.

The airport held an inaugural flight press event and celebration to mark the occasion today. Travelers and crew members alike were treated to balloons, giveaways, commemorative-branded snacks, and a water cannon salute. Additionally, elected officials, airport leadership, local business leaders, and Southwest Airlines representatives remarked on the importance of the occasion at a press event held at Gate 1.

Southwest service to BWI provides new nonstop access to Baltimore/Washington and additional service to more than four dozen cities beyond with same-plane and connecting service. Additional time-saving nonstop service to and from MCO will increase SYR’s existing service to Central Florida. This increases the number of nonstop destinations available to SYR travelers to 27.

“Syracuse has been both on our radar and our list for a while and we’re glad to bring Southwest to a sixth airport in the Empire State,” said Adam Decaire, Vice President of Network Planning for Southwest. “Our Baltimore/Washington service puts Syracuse within reach of more than 50 cities in our network with the customer friendly policies and world-famous Hospitality of Southwest.”
Southwest is offering three flights a day to BWI, while their MCO route will operate once-weekly flown each Saturday. Southwest is the world’s largest operator of Boeing 737 aircraft, and intends to fly the full-size jet exclusively on the new routes serving SYR.

“We are incredibly excited to celebrate the beginning of this great partnership today,” said SRAA Executive Director Jason Terreri. “The travelers of Upstate New York – both business and leisure – have clamored for Southwest to begin SYR service for years. Now, between the three times daily service to Baltimore and once weekly service to Orlando, our travelers have even greater choices to conveniently move about the country.”
For more information about Southwest Airlines’ fares and routes, please visit their website.
To learn about SYR’s 27 nonstop destinations, please visit the airport’s Destinations page.

About Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines Co. operates one of the world’s most admired and awarded airlines, offering its one-of-a-kind value and Hospitality at 121 airports across eleven countries. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, Southwest took flight in 1971 to democratize the sky through friendly, reliable, low-cost air travel and now carries more air travelers flying nonstop within the United States than any other airline1. Based in Dallas and famous for an Employee-first corporate Culture, Southwest maintains an unprecedented record of no involuntary furloughs or layoffs in its history. By empowering its nearly 54,0002 People to deliver unparalleled Hospitality, the maverick airline cherishes a passionate loyalty among as many as 130 million Customers carried a year. That formula for success has brought industry-leading prosperity and 47 consecutive years3 of profitability for Southwest Shareholders (NYSE: LUV). Southwest continues to develop tangible steps toward an environmental sustainability goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Learn more at about how Southwest Airlines leverages a unique legacy and mission to serve communities around the world.

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2) fulltime-equivalent active Employees
3) 1972-2019 annual profitability