Southwest to serve Boston Logan from 4th quarter 2009
Southwest Airlines today announced its intent to begin service from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) in the Fall of 2009.
The carrier has not released specific service details, saying only that it will begin with a conservative number of flights that will complement its 64 airport network. Southwest Airlines chairman, president, and CEO Gary Kelly shared the news with Southwest employees at a company event in Chicago.
Southwest Airlines has been serving the New England area since 1996 with service at Providence's TF Green International Airport and service at Manchester Boston Regional Airport since 1998. The Boston Logan service will complement the carrier's existing service at other New England airports, allowing customers to take advantage of Southwest flights from more locations.
"Today, more than ever, it's imperative that we make wise decisions on how and where we utilise our aircraft - and we know that Boston Logan Airport is a smart choice for Southwest," said Kelly. "I am confident that Logan will be a great addition to our already strong presence in the New England area. We stand ready to offer this bustling region even more low-fare service and unbeatable Southwest Airlines Customer Service."
"We are thrilled to welcome Southwest Airlines to Boston Logan," said Massport's director of aviation, Edward Freni. "At Logan, we are always thinking of our customers and now they will soon be enjoying Southwest's Signature 'Freedom to Fly Approach' to quality customer service."
"We plan to begin Logan service with a conservative number of flights and a two gate operation," Kelly said.
Southwest will release additional details regarding its future Boston Logan International service in the coming months.
The Logan service will be made possible by the airline optimising its current flight schedule and repositioning aircraft. Southwest has not changed its previously announced plan to reduce the company's available seat miles by approximately four percent in 2009 compared to 2008.