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Southwest adding flights from St. Louis

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 – Associate Editor, St. Louis Business Journal

Southwest Airlines will add flights to several markets next summer from St. Louis Lambert International Airport and is restoring its non-stop service to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The airline, which is Lambert's biggest carrier, recently released its summer 2019 flight schedule, Lambert officials said Thursday.

Beginning June 9 next year, Southwest will add daily flights to its already scheduled service from St. Louis to Nashville (from three to four daily flights), Boston (from three to five daily), Cleveland (from two to three daily), Denver (from five to six daily) and Detroit (from two to three daily).

The airline added service to Montego Bay from March to early April this year and will return a weekly Saturday flight to the island nation starting June 9.

In its new schedule running through Aug. 5, 2019, Southwest also adjusted its weekend flight frequencies as well, Lambert officials said. The new schedule adds 22 departures per week from Lambert compared with the airline's spring schedule, and is up 38 departures weekly compared with Southwest's year-ago summer schedule.

“The additional non-stop flights to multiple destinations means there is approximately 3,000 additional seats out of STL,” Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, the airport's director, said in a statement. “This is significant because Southwest continues to grow its connecting passenger activity through St. Louis which gives our region even more options on where and when to fly.”

As of June 9, 2019, Southwest will operate 122 weekday departures, 105 Saturday departures and 127 Sunday departures, serving 49 destinations total from St. Louis, airport officials said. Southwest has twice expanded its gate capacity in Lambert's Terminal 2, most recently opening gates E34, E36 and E38 in 2017. It began operating gate E40 this fall.

Lambert reported a 6 percent growth in total passenger activity through the first nine months of 2018, during which time it served over 11 million passengers, officials said.