Today Southwest Airlines announced an expansion of its air service options from Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. Starting April 14, 2020, Southwest will increase its service between Amarillo and Houston Hobby International Airport to six days a week (Sundays-Fridays). This is an increase from its Sunday-only service already available between the two cities.
The Amarillo to Houston Hobby International Airport route is a relatively new route for Southwest at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. The Sunday only service commenced in early October of 2019 and has been very well received by the Amarillo community. This announcement
comes as Southwest continues conversations with the city’s business leaders.
“This is phenomenal news for Amarillo and for Southwest Airlines,” said Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson. “Our city is committed to expanding travel options for Panhandle businesses, and Southwest Airlines is committed to listening to customers and meeting customer needs. This new service is a direct result of those commitments.”
“The expanded flight options from Amarillo is a direct result of listening to travelers in the Panhandle and better understanding their needs and where they need to go,” said Julian Gelvez Hinestroza, Southwest’s Manager of Network Planning, “Southwest is committed to connecting People to what’s important in their lives and building on our decades-long partnership with the City of Amarillo.”
“What an exciting time for Amarillo. We truly can’t thank Southwest Airlines enough for their support and partnership, as well as the entire Taking Flight - Amarillo Team for their continued hard work in expanding air travel options in and out of Amarillo’s Rick Husband International Airport.” commented Gary Molberg, Amarillo Chamber President. “With a tremendous amount of men and women making calls on Amarillo’s medical community this is a fantastic service for our hospitals, doctors, hotels and restaurants.”
In April of this year, the carrier began one-stop, no change of plane service, between Amarillo and Austin. Southwest Airlines currently serves the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport with nonstop and same plane service to Dallas Love Field (DAL), Las Vegas (LAS), Houston Hobby International Airport (HOU) and Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). When the carrier begins its six-day a week service to Houston, the carrier will offer up to six departures a day including four nonstop flights to Dallas, one to Las Vegas, and one to Houston, and will now link Amarillo to nearly 60 markets across the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico.