PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today announced new nonstop service from Pittsburgh International Airport to William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in Houston, Texas, on Southwest Airlines. Flights will depart daily beginning April 14, 2013, and travelers may begin booking flights today at www.southwest.com.
“The Houston market is vital for our business and leisure travelers, and we are very pleased that Southwest has added it as a new nonstop destination,” said Fitzgerald. “In addition to providing a direct connection to an important destination, Southwest’s competitive fares will also be a great benefit to travelers.”
“The Airport Authority is thrilled to be able to share in the announcement because this is the first time nonstop daily Pittsburgh flights to Houston Hobby Airport have ever been offered,” said Allegheny County Airport Authority Chairman David Minnotte. “Pittsburgh is pleased to be a part of Southwest’s expansion program in Houston.”
“With every schedule extension, we look for ways to optimize the performance of our routes,” said Southwest Airlines Spokesperson Michelle Agnew. “We’re excited to offer the new nonstop service between Pittsburgh and Houston, which will provide our customers optimal connecting service to/from the east and west coast. Customers will also experience our newly retrofitted 700-series aircraft with the Evolve interior on these routes.”
The PIT-HOU schedule beginning April 14, 2013, will include one flight daily. Monday through Friday, it will depart PIT at 11:50 a.m., arriving HOU at 2:00 p.m. Saturdays, it will depart PIT at 9:15 a.m., and on Sunday, depart PIT at 12:00 noon. Returning from HOU to PIT: Sunday through Friday, the flight will depart HOU at 1:35 p.m. and arrive at PIT 5:35 p.m. Saturday, it departs HOU at 10:35 a.m. and arrives at PIT 2:29 p.m.
Southwest recently announced that it would also offer seasonal flights to West Palm Beach, Florida (PBI), beginning February 14, 2013. The Southwest flight departs PIT daily at 6:55 a.m., and arrives at PBI at 9:30 a.m. A return flight departs PBI at 12:30 p.m. and returns to PIT at 3:00 p.m. Saturday’s return trip arrives at 2:00 p.m.
Southwest and AirTran Airways currently operate 28 daily flights from Pittsburgh to Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago Midway, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix and Tampa.
Southwest Airlines is building a $100 million international facility at William P. Hobby Airport and will begin operating flights to Mexico and the Caribbean in 2015.
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