• Joe Breitfeller

Southwest Airlines to Launch Service to Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida and Bozeman, Montana

Starting May 2021, Southwest Airlines is launching new service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) in Florida as well as service to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) in Montana.


Southwest Boeing 737 MAX 8 - Courtesy Southwest Airlines

On Thursday (February 28, 2021), Southwest Airlines announced the launch of new service to Destin/Fort Walton Beach in Florida and Bozeman, Montana. Starting May 6, 2021, the carrier will commence service to their 11th airport in Florida with new service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). Customers will be able to fly nonstop between VPS and four destinations including Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Dallas (Love Field), Nashville and Chicago-Midway (from June 6, 2021). Starting May 27, 2021, Southwest is also launching new service to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) in Montana, bringing guest faster access to Yellowstone National park, Big Sky Ski Resort, Custer Gallatin National Forest and Montana State University. Nonstop service to and from Bozeman will be available from Las Vegas (LAS) and Denver (DEN).


Commenting on the new routes, Southwest Airlines’ Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Andrew Watterson, said,


We're adding another destination in the West, our first in Montana, and bringing additional access to the beaches of Northwest Florida just as winter-weary families begin to dream of warm summer escapes in wide-open places. Our arrival in these communities with daily service also ushers a new flexibility and everyday affordability for local travelers flying Southwest for fun, family, or work.”


Southwest to Launch Service to Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida and Bozeman, Montana From May 2021

Celebrating their 50th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) has distinguished itself by offering exemplary customer service delivered by 56,000 team members. Southwest offers a robust point-to-point network with a strong presence across leisure and business markets and in 2019 served 130 million passengers. During peak travel seasons, the airline operates more than 4,000 daily departures to 101 destinations across the U.S. and 10 additional countries. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, based on the number of originating passengers boarded, Southwest has been the largest U.S. domestic carrier since 2003.


In 2020, Southwest added service to Hilo (Hawaii), Cozumel (Mexico), Miami, Palm Springs (California), Steamboat Springs and Montrose/Telluride (Colorado). This year the carrier has added Chicago-O’Hare, Sarasota/Bradenton, Savannah/Hilton Head, Colorado Springs, Houston-Bush, Santa Barbara, Fresno, Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Bozeman (Montana) and Jackson (Mississippi).



Source: Southwest Airlines