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SOUTHWEST LANDS AT BWI

 BWI AIRPORT, Md., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) initiated service at Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) today, marking the profitable carrier's first entry on the East Coast.
 Southwest is initiating eight flights a day to Chicago's Midway Airport and Cleveland's Hopkins Airport.
 In ceremonies held today, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Secretary O. James Lighthizer welcomed Southwest Airlines to BWI. The secretary was joined by Ron Ricks, vice president of government affairs for Southwest Airlines, and Theodore E. Mathison, administrator for the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA). The MAA is the state agency which owns and operates BWI.
 "Southwest is bringing its own unique, successful formula of flying to BWI, and we know they will be successful here as well," Lighthizer said. "BWI's advantages are perfect for Southwest in that we are located in the center of the fourth largest travel market in the United States, and can attract passengers from both Washington and Baltimore. MDOT has also established an excellent transportation network into BWI by providing a first-rate highway system and commuter rail service in MARC. BWI already draws passengers from Pennsylvania and Delaware and we believe Southwest's proven ability to attract flyers from a broad geographic region is bound to increase volume at BWI."
 Mathison confirmed the secretary's comments: "We first approached Southwest with the idea of providing service at BWI five years ago, so this day is one we have looked forward to for a long time. In addition to a large local market, BWI gives Southwest a user-friendly airport, both for the airline and the passengers it serves. Since the Southwest announcement, we have had people take the train from the Philadelphia area to visit BWI to check out our terminal. I fully expect people to travel the distance to take advantage of Southwest's low fares and quality service. Southwest travelers will find BWI to be very convenient, and our new 1,200-space Express Service Parking (ESP) is ready to be filled," Mathison continued.
 Home to 17 airlines, BWI Airport has been handling an average of 750,000 passengers a month on 600 daily flights.
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 /CONTACT: Rebecca Reid of MDOT, 410-859-7300, or Linda Greene of MAA, 410-859-7027/


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