Southwest could offer low fares on more flights to more destinations out of RIC in 2013.
The campaign to preserve and enhance airline competition is working as more travelers are choosing to fly on our low cost carriers, AirTran and JetBlue. Both carriers are experiencing double-digit increases, a change that contributed to Southwest Airline’s decision to serve Richmond as it converts AirTran operations to Southwest.
Southwest’s announcement is a major boost for Richmond travelers, providing access and lower fares to the cities served by the nation’s largest domestic carrier—the airline that was ranked #1 by Consumer Reports for customer service in 2011. Service that includes free checked bags and lots of LUV. While Southwest has yet to set a date for its first Richmond flights, we hope to see their colorful aircraft at RIC sometime in 2013.
The presence of low cost carriers has a recurring, annual economic impact unlike any other activity in Greater Richmond. Competition delivers an estimated $80 million per year in ticket cost savings and offers a vital enticement for convention and visitor business.
When it comes to airfare competition at RIC, the individual choice that you make to include AirTran and JetBlue in your travel plans makes all the difference in the world. You and your fellow residents are demonstrating your power to preserve competition. And your “vote for competition” will create opportunities for more direct service from Richmond to popular destinations across the country.
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Greater Richmond Chamber