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"Lightning" fast deal brings Southwest to COS: Flight booking now available

Posted at 4:08 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 08:27:59-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — You can now book a flight to or from Colorado Springs on Southwest Airlines. There are now five direct destinations with connections to other Southwest stops. “More than 100 cities across the United States and Latin America,” said Southwest Community Outreach Lead, Lexi Muller. On-line booking started Wednesday for flights beginning March 11, 2021.

The five direct destinations are:

· Denver

· Las Vegas

· Phoenix

· Chicago

· Dallas

Southwest service coming to Colorado Springs has been something community leaders in the Pikes Peak Region have wanted for years. The COVID upheaval in the airline industry pushed for rethinking Southwest’s flight network. New business plans include adding new airports and routes.

The Colorado Springs deal happened quickly. Initial contact with Southwest started the first week of September. Weeks later Southwest executives visited Colorado Springs. “It was a serious look. A two day look on October 1st and 2nd,” said COS Airport Aviation Director, Greg Phillips.

The deal was announced the third week of October. A the just announced flights are ready for booking before the end of the month. “Things moved, particular in the airline industry lightning fast,” said Phillips.