Southwest Coming to Charleston

Airline Will Operate Seven Daily Nonstop Flights Each To/From Charleston and Greenville-Spartanburg Airports Beginning March 13, 2011.  Just in time for our race on St Patrick's Day!

DALLAS, Oct 20, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Southwest Airlines is coming to the Palmetto State! Today, Southwest announced it will begin service to/from Charleston International Airport (CHS) and Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) on March 13, 2011.

In Charleston, the carrier will operate seven daily nonstop flights to four destinations: three to Baltimore/Washington, two to Chicago Midway, one to Nashville, and one to Houston Hobby. Southwest Airlines will operate from gate B5 in Charleston's main terminal.

In Greenville-Spartanburg, the airline will begin service with seven daily nonstop flights to five destinations: two to Baltimore/Washington, two to Chicago Midway, one to Nashville, one to Houston Hobby, and one to Orlando. Southwest Airlines will operate from gates A3 and A4 in Greenville-Spartanburg's main terminal.

"Southwest Airlines is delighted to bring our special brand of low-fare, high-quality Customer Service to travelers in Greenville-Spartanburg and Charleston," said Dave Ridley, Southwest Airlines Senior Vice President of Marketing and Revenue Management. "For nearly 40 years, we have been liberating Customers across the country from the tyranny of high fares and poor service. We can't wait to continue this mission by introducing our wonderful People, low fares, and Boeing 737 jet service to the Palmetto State."

In addition to the seven daily nonstop flights to/from these cities, Southwest Airlines' new service will offer direct or connecting service to more than 60 destinations including: Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas Love, Sacramento, and Salt Lake City. To hear more about the new service, check out Southwest's blog at for a video from Southwest Executives Dave Ridley and Bob Montgomery on how Southwest is bringing big planes, low fares, and great people to South Carolina.

"The arrival of Southwest Airlines will absolutely be a game changer for the entire Upstate," said Dave Edwards, GSP Executive Director. "Not only will passengers benefit from low fares and additional destinations, but we've already heard from those working in the area of economic development that they are getting calls from business and industry groups from around country that never would have considered the Upstate without Southwest Airlines."

"Southwest Airlines' announcement to bring new service and value pricing to Charleston International Airport is clearly welcome," said Susan Stevens, Director of Airports for Charleston County Aviation Authority. "Southwest's vast national network will be linked to the Charleston region and will offer both residents and visitors new options for travel to and from the Lowcountry."