Southwest Airlines Drops 16 Daily Nonstop Routes In Latest Schedule Update

Aug 19, 2019

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Hawaii took center stage as Southwest Airlines rolled out its latest schedule extension last week. But there were a several other big changes that got less attention as the carrier extended its schedule into March 2020.

Among the non-Hawaii changes: Daily nonstop service between Houston Hobby (HOU) and Little Rock, Arkansas, (LIT) will begin Jan. 6, returning Southwest to a route it last flew in 2014.

But the carrier also is dropping 16 other nonstop routes on which it currently offers daily service. The drops take effect Jan. 6.

Among the Southwest cities losing the most nonstop options are Los Angeles (four routes), Boston (three), Dallas Love Field (three) and Orlando (three).

Related: Why the Last Row on Southwest Is the Best Place to Fly

“As we extend our published flight schedule through March 6, 2020, we are making some changes in some markets based on extensive performance reviews to end nonstop service between these city pairs,” Southwest spokesman Dan Landson said in a statement to TPG.

Landson said one-stop itineraries would be available on most of the nonstop options that are being discontinued, adding that the route changes would allow Southwest “to better utilize our People and Planes on routes or to offer more frequencies where demand warrants this investment.”

Already, Southwest announced in July that it will pull out of Newark Liberty (EWR) altogether in November.

As for the latest route drops at Southwest, the following nonstop routes will end as of Jan. 6:

Related: The Best Southwest Airlines Credit Card for Family Travelers

  • Atlanta-Boston
  • Austin-San Francisco
  • Boston-Kansas City
  • Boston-Milwaukee
  • Columbus, Ohio-Oakland
  • Dallas Love-Jacksonville, Florida
  • Dallas Love-San Francisco
  • Dallas Love-Oklahoma City
  • Fort Lauderdale-Jacksonville, Florida
  • Los Angeles-Cancun, Mexico
  • Los Angeles-Omaha, Nebraska
  • Los Angeles-Pittsburgh
  • Los Angeles-Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Orlando-Oakland
  • Orlando-San Jose, California
  • Orlando-Sacramento, California

Also included in Southwest’s announcement last week were plans for five new Hawaii routes from California and three new “inter-island” routes within Hawaii.

Among the California airports getting new Hawaii service is Sacramento, where Honolulu will become Southwest’s first Hawaii route from the city when it launches on Jan. 19.

Featured image by Patrick T. Fallon for The Points Guy.

Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card

Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card account anniversary. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy Bonus Points after spending $5,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 8/31/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy™ program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) at a participating hotel. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
17.99% - 26.99% Variable
Annual Fee
$125
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.