Southwest Touches Down in Chicago at O’Hare International and Sarasota, Florida

As Southwest Airlines continues to expand its route map with both new destinations and new routes, the carrier added two new destinations over the weekend: Sarasota, Florida, and Chicago’s O’Hare International airports.

Chicago O’Hare Service

More than 35 years after landing at Chicago Midway International Airport, Southwest expanded its footprint in the Chicagoland area, adding complementing service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport starting February 14, 2021. The carrier’s initial service will offer 20 departures daily from O’Hare to five cities throughout the country.

Fly daily between Chicago (O’Hare) and:Initial service nonstop each day up to:
Baltimore/Washington4 flights each way
Dallas (Love Field)4 flights each way
Denver6 flights each way
Nashville4 flights each way
Phoenix2 flights each way

“We’re deploying our planes and People to more places that our Customers have desired visiting this coming winter and spring break season,” said Andrew Watterson, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer. “Whether dusted with snow or basking in sun, wide-open spaces continue to hold an appeal for all kinds of travelers, all across the map. With Southwest, travelers will experience our unique combination of flexible policies, value, and Hospitality to everyone onboard as they travel to or from their winter getaway.”

Sarasota/Bradenton Service

Southwest is in its 25th year of serving the Sunshine State. Sarasota/Bradenton will be the carrier’s 10th airport in Florida, initially serving passengers across the country through four nonstop routes: Baltimore/Washington, Chicago (Midway), Houston (Hobby), and Nashville, all starting February 14, 2021.

Fly daily between Sarasota/Bradenton and:Initial service nonstop each day up to:
Baltimore/Washington3 flights each way
Chicago (Midway)2 flights each way
Houston (Hobby)1 flight each way
Nashville2 flights each way

“We’ll arrive in Sarasota-Bradenton as Southwest marks 25 years of serving the Sunshine State. Our Customers who choose SRQ will land closer to their preferred beaches and business meetings, benefiting from our added investment in the growing region between our longtime cities of Tampa Bay and Ft. Myers,” Steve Goldberg, Southwest Airlines Senior Vice President of Operations and Hospitality said. “Locals who fly Southwest can also pair their preferred airline and airport, and get in the air faster with a shorter drive to SRQ.”

Fares and schedules can be found at

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