Southwest Celebrates 20th Anniversary at TF Green Airport and Adds Flight to Reagan National Airport

Southwest Airlines and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, both NEC members, are celebrating the  20th  anniversary of the airline’s service at T.F. Green Airport and are preparing to add a direct flight to Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC.

When T.F. Green Airport first opened in 1996, Southwest Airlines was chosen as the first airline to provide service and since then has spurred competition and growth at the airport. At first, Southwest operated at a single gate, but quickly expanded to four gates within the first six months. Today, the airline services 36 daily departures and maintains the most passengers at the airport. This month, Southwest will further expand its flights from T.F. Green to include flights to Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC.

Iftikhar Ahmad, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) said, “We extend our congratulations to Southwest on the 20th anniversary of uninterrupted service at Green Airport.  The airline continues to be a valued business and travel partner with their recent announcement of new flights to Washington, DC starting November 6.  It is our hope this is the first of other new markets the airline will offer.”

The New England Council congratulates Southwest Airlines and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation for providing convenient air travel for the last two decades and for continuing to expand services. Read more in the press release and from the Providence Business News.


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