Southwest Airlines to cut one flight each from Nashville International Airport to 9 US cities

Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 19:53 by Aviation Correspondent

Southwest Airlines is doing away with one flight each to 9 cities it serves at present from Nashville International Airport in Tennessee, the United States, from August 16, 2009, through October 30, 2009.

The 9 destinations that Southwest Airlines is cutting from Nashville International Airport are: Chicago’s Midway International Airport, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, San Diego and Tampa.

In a statement, Southwest Airlines said it was also eliminating 4 round-trip flights at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina, from August 16, 2009 – one each with Philadelphia; Orlando, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; and Chicago’s Midway International Airport.

Southwest Airlines, the low-cost airline based in Dallas, Texas, the United States, has 80 daily, non-stop flights out of Nashville International Airport in Tennessee and 3,200 daily flights across the United States.

In a press release, Raul Regalado, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, which owns and operates Nashville International Airport, said that these were “seasonal changes that impact early morning and late-evening flights.”  Southwest Airlines had added one flight each to many of these 9 destinations earlier in 2009. In all, 14 airlines serve Nashville International Airport, providing direct air service to 70 destinations. Southwest Airlines’ reductions in flights will mean that the carrier will have only one non-stop flight from Nashville to San Diego each day.

The other changes include reductions of Southwest Airlines’ one flight each from Nashville International Airport to the following 8 non-stop destinations:

Chicago Midway – reduced from 8 to 7 flights.
Los Angeles – from 3 to 2 flights.
New Orleans – from 3 to 2 flights.
Orlando – from 5 to 4 flights.
Philadelphia – from 3 to 2 flights.
Phoenix – from 3 to 2 flights.
Raleigh/Durham – from 5 to 4 flights.
Tampa Bay – from 5 to 4 flights.

Southwest Airlines said in the statement that the cuts in flights were “a part of normal seasonal changes, but some of the flights might not get added back later.”

As the carrier adds non-stop flights to New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport and abolishes flights across the United States by about 5% in 2009, “some planes would be shifted out of some markets and into others,” Southwest Airlines added.