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Southwest Airlines Launches OAK-Atlanta Nonstop on Sunday, November 1st

Southwest Airlines Launches OAK-Atlanta Nonstop on Sunday, November 1st

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November 1st, 2015

New Flight to Top Unserved Market is the Sixth New City Added at OAK in 2015

Oakland, CA - November 1, 2015: Southwest Airlines begins new nonstop service between Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) with the first 143-passenger Boeing 737-700 flight leaving OAK Sunday afternoon at 12:25PM arriving in Atlanta four and a half hours later at 7:55PM. The flight to Oakland will depart Atlanta every morning at 8:35AM and arrive at 11:10AM.

The new flight from OAK to the world’s busiest airport in Atlanta provides a new nonstop link to a top unserved and often requested destination from the centrally located San Francisco Bay Area airport. Southwest now has 109 peak day departures and over 2,400 based employees at OAK, its largest operational base in California. It is also the largest non-public employer in the City of Oakland.

The new Atlanta service represents Southwest’s sixth new OAK route in 2015 following its launch of nonstop to Baltimore-Washington DC (BWI) and Dallas Love Field (DAL) in January, daily services to Nashville International Airport (BNA), Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), and daily service to Columbus, Ohio, which began over the summer.

Southwest reports a robust customer response to the new Atlanta flight at OAK. “Our customers like the convenience and reliability of Oakland International when they travel to and from the San Francisco Bay Area, as well the airport’s focus on providing a customer-friendly travel experience that’s consistent with our product,” said Andrew Watterson, Senior Vice President Network and Revenue Management at Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Airlines flight, fare and ticketing information are available online at Southwest.com or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.

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About the Port of Oakland
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About Southwest Airlines Co.
In its 45th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 48,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest operates more than 3,600 flights a day, serving 96 destinations across the United States and seven additional countries. Subject to foreign government approval, service to Liberia, Costa Rica, is scheduled to begin Nov. 1, 2015.

Based on the U.S. Department of Transportation's most recent data, Southwest Airlines is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. The Company operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world, the majority of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi providing gate-to-gate connectivity while over the United States. That connectivity enables Customers to use their personal devices to access streaming music provided by Apple Music or to view video on-demand movies and television shows, as well as nearly 20 channels of free, live TV compliments of our valued Partners. Southwest created Transfarencysm, a philosophy which treats Customers honestly and fairly, and in which low fares actually stay low. Southwest is the only major U.S. airline to offer bags fly free® to everyone (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply, some airlines may allow free checked bags on select routes or for qualified circumstances), and there are no change fees, though fare differences might apply. In 2014, the airline proudly unveiled a bold new look: Heart. The new aircraft livery, airport experience, and logo, showcase the dedication of Southwest Employees to connect Customers with what's important in their lives.

From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as "The Southwest Effect," a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic whenever the carrier enters new markets. With 42 consecutive years of profitability, Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for a triple bottom line approach that contributes to the carrier's performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities they serve, and an overall commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2014 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at SouthwestOneReport.com.

Book Southwest Airlines' low fares online at Southwest.com or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.

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