Southwest to add Saturday service between Dallas and Charleston in April

Southwest Airlines will add Saturday service between Charleston and Dallas starting April 11.

Charleston International Airport will gain a new flight in April.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines will add nonstop service between Dallas Love Field and Charleston on Saturdays only starting April 11.

The announcement on its website came as part of Southwest’s new flights to 10 cities.

One-way fares from Charleston start as low $89, Southwest said.

Other cities Southwest will serve from Dallas Love Field include Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind.; Memphis, Tenn.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Panama City Beach, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; Sacramento, Calif.; San Jose, Calif.; and Seattle.

“With these new flights, Southwest is offering more of the low-fare nonstop travel our Dallas customers want at the times of day that makes the most sense to connect them to what’s important in their lives,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest’s chairman, president and CEO.

The special fare rates are good only through midnight Sunday and are good for travel between April 8 and June 3. Restrictions apply.

Southwest recently acquired the rights to two additional Love Field gates, providing the opportunity to add destinations and more nonstop flights.

Southwest already offers flights out of Charleston to Chicago, Nashville, Houston and Washington/Baltimore.

“This is a great time for the airport. We’re growing through our terminal redevelopment project, and the number of passengers coming through our airport is soaring,” said Paul Campbell, director of airports for Charleston County Aviation Authority. “We’re pleased that Southwest will offer Dallas as a destination for our passengers.”

Southwest’s new flight adds to the growing number of routes and airlines serving the state’s busiest airport, which set a new record of 3.1 million passengers last year.

Last March, JetBlue Airways added daily non-stop service to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. Starting Saturday, Porter Airlines lands in Charleston with once-a-week seasonal service to Toronto, Canada. And on March 19, Silver Airways begins non-stop service to Orlando and Tampa, Fla. In addition to Porter and Silver, the airport is served by Delta, United, Southwest, JetBlue, American and US Airways.

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