Southwest Airlines to offer Wichita flights

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Associated Press

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 4:00 PM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Southwest Airlines says it will begin service in June from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/QsxMwy) reports the carrier said Monday it plans to have two daily flights from Wichita to Dallas Love Field, along with two daily flights to Chicago Midway Airport. It also plans one daily flight to Las Vegas.

Wichita officials welcomed the announcement as a boon to the city's economic development efforts.

Southwest plans to use a 143-seat Boeing 737 for its Dallas and Chicago flights and a 127-seat 737 for the Las Vegas flights. One-way rates are expected to range between $94 and $178.

Bob Montgomery, the company's vice president for airport affairs, says the airline may initially use public subsidies to mitigate its risk, but hopes business grows so they aren't needed.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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