Southwest Airlines to add Syracuse as new destination, move expected to have huge economic impact

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Southwest Airlines announced on Thursday they are adding Syracuse to their list of destinations. There will be three flights from Syracuse to Baltimore daily, and during peak fall and winter holiday periods there will be select Saturday services to Orlando.

Syracuse Hancock International Airport will be the airline’s 18th new airport added since early 2020 and the 121st airport for Southwest.

“We’re continuing to expand our service bringing low fares, flexible policies, and world-famous Hospitality to more people, making it easier to choose Southwest. Our latest destination in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York not only allows New Yorkers easier access to our growing network but brings the offerings of Upstate New York to our existing Customers.”

Andrew Watterson, Chief Commercial Officer & Executive Vice President for Southwest Airlines

The announcement is good news for travelers, as well as the economy. Another airline means more passengers flying in and out of our area. The addition is expected to have an $80 million economic impact, and bring hundreds of jobs to this area. 

Rob Simpson, President of Centerstate Corporation for Economic Opportunity told NewsChannel 9 he’s excited about this opportunity, and according to a survey of local businesses over the last decade, some of the destinations that Southwest will be flying people to and from will be a huge asset.

“The Baltimore, DC market is a critical one for business, especially for our defense industry that works with a lot of government contractors, so adding that non-stop service three times a day going to BWI is going to make their jobs a lot easier which should in turn help them hire more, get more contracts and bring more dollars back to Central New York.”

Rob Simpson, President of Centerstate Corporation for economic opportunity

It’s the same case with the Orlando Flights, and some people have even started to book their flights since now they can get straight back to Syracuse.

Airport Director Jason Terreri told NewsChannel 9 that this is just the beginning, and they’re hoping to expand these services to more destinations as people begin to use them.

One way fares to Baltimore will be as low as $49. You can start booking your flights to Baltimore and Orlando starting on Thursday, and those flights will begin on November 14.

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