Southwest Airlines reports it will add a 79th destination to its route map with service to Branson, Missouri, beginning in March 2013. Southwest starts service in Branson on March 9, 2013, with daily flights offering nonstop service to Dallas, Houston Hobby, and Chicago Midway, and with Saturday-only service to Orlando.
Southwest said it will assume all flying from AirTran Airways, its wholly owned subsidiary, with AirTran's operations at Branson fully converting to Southwest Airlines.
To mark the new Branson service, Southwest announced a fare sale of $79. one-way between Branson and Dallas (Love Field), Chicago (Midway), or Houston (Hobby) as well as $99 to Orlando.
These fares must be booked by Sept. 6, 2012, for travel between March 9, 2013, and April 11, 2013 (blackout date of April 2, 2013, applies).
Southwest also announced it has extended its flight schedule for travel between March 9, 2013, and April 12, 2013. In the new schedule, Southwest will begin service between several markets and will add seasonal service to this flight schedule to accommodate Spring Break travel.
Southwest's new markets:
• Two daily nonstop flights between Newark and Nashville
• One daily nonstop flight between Newark and Austin
• One daily nonstop flight between Newark and New Orleans
• One daily nonstop flight between Dayton and Orlando
• One daily nonstop flight between Key West and New Orleans.