Southwest Axes Service Between 2 Major East Coast Cities and Fort Lauderdale

Oct 14, 2018

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According to a schedule posted on the Southwest Airlines website by one of its employees, the airline is set to end service between two major US East Coast cities and its Fort Lauderdale focus city in the spring of next year. The final flights from Newark (EWR) and Washington-Dulles (IAD) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) will operate on April 7, 2019.

Southwest currently operates a once-daily flight between Washington-Dulles and Fort Lauderdale, and up to two daily nonstops between Newark and Fort Lauderdale. The final flight between the nation’s capital and the South Florida city will operate on April 7 as WN5347, departing Fort Lauderdale at 10:55pm and arriving in Washington, DC the next day at 1:25am. The final flight from the Florida tourist destination to Newark is scheduled to fly as WN2700 on the same night, departing Fort Lauderdale at 8:25pm and arriving in Newark at 11:35pm.

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 landing at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. (Photo by Carlos Yudica / Shutterstock.com)
A Southwest Airlines 737 landing at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. (Photo by Carlos Yudica / Shutterstock.com)

For those in the New York-Newark area affected by the discontinuation of the route, Southwest will continue to operate daily service between New York’s Long Island-Islip (ISP) airport and Fort Lauderdale, as well as its once-daily Sunday-only nonstop from New York-LaGuardia (LGA). As for passengers looking for flights between South Florida and the Washington, DC area, the airline will continue to operate flights from Fort Lauderdale to Baltimore (BWI) and Washington-National (DCA) airports.

These cuts come in the midst of other service cuts at Fort Lauderdale International Airport, most notably from JetBlue, which operates its southern hub in Fort Lauderdale. The airport, which is approximately 21 miles north of Miami, also serves as a base for Spirit Airlines, and is ranked the 19th busiest airport in the US, handling over 35 million passengers in 2017.

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