Southwest To End Houston Bush Airport Service

January 27, 2005

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Southwest Airlines on Thursday said it will discontinue its unprofitable service at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport at the end of the day on April 2.

Southwest currently operates six daily nonstop flights between George Bush Intercontinental and Dallas Love Field.

The carrier said it will continue to offer service between Houston and Dallas through its Houston Hobby Airport operation.

"With the continuing airline industry challenges, we cannot continue to serve two airports in Houston and realize the losses we have generated for years at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport," said Southwest Chief Executive Gary Kelly in a statement.

The industry has been facing massive losses in the face of rising fuel costs and tough competition.

"We are making an enormous commitment to Houston Hobby Airport, making it the focal point of our future growth," he said.

Southwest said it will start contacting passengers who hold reservations into and out of George Bush Airport from April 3 to June 6 to help change their travel plans.

(Reuters)