Southwest Airlines adds hub in Atlanta

February 13, 2012

The Associated Press

Southwest Airlines has added Atlanta to its growing national route map with daily nonstop flights to locations including Chicago.

That's according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Southwest officials have wanted a launching pad to Atlanta's airport for years, but the company couldn't get a foothold in the market until it bought out AirTran Airways, a rival discounter that based much of its operations in Atlanta.

The Dallas-based discount airline launched 15 daily flights from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, including routes to Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Chicago; Denver; and Houston.

Officials with Chicago's Department of Aviation say there will be four flights each day from Midway International Airport to Hartsfield-Jackson.

Department officials say Midway is Southwest's largest airport hub.