Southwest customers and employees dined on New England clam chowder and enjoyed the patriotic music of a Minuteman marching band and a town crier who officially proclaimed the opening of Southwest’s Logan service. Southwest Airlines chairman, president, and CEO Gary Kelly joined Massport CEO and executive director Thomas J. Kinton, Jr., Massport aviation director Ed Freni, and Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau president and CEO Patrick Moscaritolo in a morning news conference at Logan to launch the airline’s new service.
“Today is a great day for the people of Southwest Airlines, as well as New England travelers. With our new service here at Logan, Southwest can fully serve the entire Boston area,” said Kelly. “Finally all Bostonians can experience our unmatched record in customer service, our low fares, and our legendary on-time service, all with the convenience of being located at Logan’s Terminal E.”
Southwest Airlines is now serving Boston travelers from Logan with ten daily nonstop flights – five daily nonstops to Chicago Midway and five daily nonstop flights to Baltimore/Washington International. In addition to the ten daily nonstop flights, Southwest Airlines’ new service out of Boston Logan will offer direct or connecting service to 48 other destinations, including: Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Los Angeles, Houston, and San Francisco, just to name a few. Southwest Airlines will operate from gates E1A and E1B in Terminal E at Logan. To view all of Southwest’s destinations from Boston Logan, visit http://gallery.swamedia.com/imageSingle/ImageID=SWA2009041418016/tpl2=images/t ype=jpg.
“Good things come to those who wait, and Boston Logan has waited some time for Southwest,” said Kinton, CEO of Massport, which owns and operates Logan. “We are thrilled that the nation’s busiest airline based on domestic departures is here, but more importantly, their presence and the ‘Southwest effect’ of lowering fares will benefit the millions of passengers who use Logan.”
“We are excited to partner with Southwest Airlines to grow our corporate and leisure visitor markets. The power of Southwest’s brand and the desirability of Boston as a visitor destination is a terrific opportunity for our visitor industry,” said Moscaritolo, of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.