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Southwest to begin flights to Boston in fall

February 18, 2009
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DALLAS—Southwest Airlines Inc. plans to begin flying out of Logan International Airport in Boston this fall.

Brad Hawkins, a spokesman for the Dallas-based airline, said Southwest Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly announced the move in a message to employees Wednesday night.

Kelly said in an interview with The Boston Globe that Southwest would start off with between eight and 12 daily departures from Logan and probably would initially fly to just a couple of destinations.

Hawkins said Southwest at Logan would "augment what is already a strong presence for Southwest" in New England.

Southwest flies into Manchester, N.H.; Providence, R.I. and Hartford, Conn.

"We make this decision with some confidence about what the market can sustain and what is needed," Hawkins said.

Southwest won't unveil the new routes until this spring.

Kelly told the Globe that the airline would be shifting from unpopular routes to markets that it hopes will be more profitable. The majority of its flights out of the Greater Boston area will continue to be from Manchester and Providence, Kelly said.

He said the move into Logan would bring 35-40 new jobs at the airport.

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