Southwest's fall schedule is officially set. The carrier's extended flight schedule for Oct. 31 of 2020 through Jan. 4 of 2021 shows a number of new cities and routes. The only question that remains to be answered is if leisure travel will rebound enough to help sell tickets that are intended to satisfy demand for autumn and winter trips. We are also seeing some routes that are definitely geared for business travel.
First, Southwest will be catering to business travelers by updating frequency and adding more direct flights for Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas and Nashville. Long Beach is also getting a boost. New direct flights between Long Beach and Phoenix will begin three times daily on Nov. 1. Southwest will also launch daily direct service between Long Beach and Austin on Nov. 1. There's also a new direct daily flight, except Sundays, between Nashville and Orange County/Santa Ana coming on Nov. 2.
Lastly, Southwest has revealed its list of new direct routes for fall, effective December 17, 2020. Here's a first look:
- Daily for Phoenix and Memphis.
- Daily for Denver and Birmingham.
- Daily for Denver and Wichita.
- Daily for Denver and Little Rock.
- Three daily for Atlanta and Oklahoma City.
- Three daily for Atlanta and Omaha.
- Three daily for Atlanta and Louisville.
Southwest is also releasing what can only be considered tentative plans regarding international routes at this time. The official word is that Southwest intends to resume its service to Mexico and the Caribbean beginning on July 1. This comeback includes routes for Cancún, San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Havana, Montego Bay and Nassau.
We don't know much about the status of international routes beyond the Caribbean at the moment. Southwest has revealed that it plans to resume routes to international destinations in accordance with the easing of government restrictions. The release of Southwest's fall schedule comes just after the airline's CEO predicted a 'brutal low-fare environment' among carriers once travel picks up again.