Anxious to fly Southwest?

The dean of low-cost carriers, Southwest Airlines, may soon be flying in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson.

If Southwest Airlines succeeds in buying Frontier Airlines, it plans to take over all of Frontier’s markets, meaning it would finally touch down in Atlanta, AJC reporter Kelly Yamanouchi writes.

Southwest has never served Atlanta. But, wishful rumors of its impending arrival have floated around civic circles ever since it emerged as the leading no-frills discounter in the early 1990s, Yamanouchi writes.

Are you a Southwest fan? Do you look forward to flying the carrier if it buys Frontier?

Do you think it will make a difference in the competitive landscape here? In fares? In service?

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140 comments Add your comment

Greg

August 11th, 2009
7:28 am

NO CHANGE FEES! Bring it on!

PW

August 11th, 2009
8:02 am

I’m originally from CA and I love SWA. I can’t wait for them to get into the Atlanta market. I also generally fly AirTran and have never had a problem with them. I hate Delta and Continental.

jch

August 11th, 2009
8:03 am

Someone besides Delta needs to fly to Austin TX out of Atlanta!!! Southeast is a great little airline!!!!

Ben

August 11th, 2009
8:07 am

Absolutely would fly Southwest because right now Delta fares are very high to certain cities that AirTran does not server. A prime example is that due to AirTran it costs usually about $180-250 to fly to Denver where AirTran does fly. Contrast that with the usual Delta fare of $500-650 to Salt Lake City where AirTran does not fly. But Frontier does.

SD

August 11th, 2009
8:07 am

SW was always great, in the past would drive to Birmingham until Airtran became more reasonable. SW doesnt have a fee for unaccompanied minors and that is a great customer service. Airtran charges $40 and Delta $75 or so each way. What a difference it would make! You have my business SW hands down!! Good luck bidding!!

DELTA HATER

August 11th, 2009
8:16 am

I hope SOUTHWEST comes here, bends DELTA over and gives it to those overpriced crooks jailhouse-style the same way those inmates gave it to that dog-raping thug Mike Vick for 2 years.

great news

August 11th, 2009
8:19 am

Awesome I would fly more often…

Love Southwest

August 11th, 2009
8:19 am

I recently moved from Nashville to the Atlanta area. Southwest has great customer service ratings and their reward program is second to none. I hope this deal gets done. Delta will have to shape up and quit treating customers like they are doing you a favor to allow you to fly on one of their planes.

Jamie Thomas

August 11th, 2009
8:21 am

Once you fly Southwest, you realize how overrated and ineffecient Delta is – we welcome you Southwest!

tlb

August 11th, 2009
8:22 am

SW in ATLANA…Thats great,now I can save the gas in my car and park in ATL..Thats a whole lot better than to drive to Birmingham…Save me 2 hours…They will gave Delta a run for the money!!!!

ByteMe

August 11th, 2009
8:24 am

Melinda

August 11th, 2009
8:25 am

I would be so happy if Southwest came to Atlanta. I’ve lived in DC and now live in FL so have been able to use this airline but would love to go back to Atlanta on it. The service is the best airline service out there right now hands down. The flight attendants are so nice and the customer service is amazing.

Reign

August 11th, 2009
8:28 am

Yes, yes, yes

Chanta'l

August 11th, 2009
8:29 am

Yes! I had the opportunity to fly SW as a connector flight to California and it was awesome. The fares were fantastic, the service wonderful and the space on the plane itself is outstanding. I have been waiting for the day when SW would come to the ATL, bring it on and hurry!!

JCfromINDY

August 11th, 2009
8:30 am

I can fly for free now!!!!! Thanks to my brother! YES!

Dana

August 11th, 2009
8:33 am

Great news! Delta may finally take notice to their horrible customer service and make improvements to compete with SWA!!

1Faith

August 11th, 2009
8:35 am

I will be the first to purchase a ticket. I fly Air Tran a lot, now I have two to choose from. Delta can forget it now!!!!

Dawg Foot

August 11th, 2009
8:38 am

Oh heck yeah, I’ll fly SouthWest. Delta’s service is crap. Delta can kiss it.

Nicky

August 11th, 2009
8:39 am

PLEASE come to ATL, SW, looking at fares now for a trip and wish I could book with them. Priced right and good on customer service. BRING IT ON.

Saver

August 11th, 2009
8:40 am

It would be nice to have Southwest in Atlanta to avoid the 2-hour trip to Birmingham, AL. I was fortunate to fly Southwest to New Orleans for $65 roundtrip a few years ago as part of their anniversary special. Additionally, it would’ve been $58 had I returned on a different day.

1Faith

August 11th, 2009
8:41 am

I agree with Dana. Delta customer service is horrible these days. Since Bankruptcy and better airlines in the air Delta just don’t care any more. When their prices were over the top, to take care of the rich and famous we were given the best service. To me Air Tran has ghe best customer service. Good Bye Delta.

Mike

August 11th, 2009
8:42 am

Absolutely! And, this will have a positive impact to fares… we can only hope SW expands to more markets out of Atlanta since DL will only compete on fares in those common markets. The reason fares are less out of Birmingham than Atlanta is because of SW.

Dansel52

August 11th, 2009
8:43 am

I love Southwest – I often drive to Birmingham to fly SW because the fares are super cheap. They also held the best on time performance for several years. Great airline should be an asset to ATL.

Lee

August 11th, 2009
8:43 am

Please come to ATL SWA! Then come to SAV as well!

Tami

August 11th, 2009
8:45 am

Great! Can’t wait!! Great Airline, no fuss! Super employee’s, real customer service! I have drive n to Birmingham to fly SW.

Travis

August 11th, 2009
8:45 am

We need Southwest here. Atlanta seems to have some of the highest airfare in the nation for major cities.

Don Carty

August 11th, 2009
8:49 am

Good old Southwest. Six stops from here to your destination. Takes all day. Southwest has more male flight attendants than females. The business man hates riding on the Southwest bus. The bus people flying. Do you know Southwest doesn’t even fly outside the contiguous US. So Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, South America, Europe and the far east are not happening. If you want to scoot around making five stops, then SW is a great choice.

Ted

August 11th, 2009
8:51 am

I would love if SW flew into Atlanta. Whenever I make it to Atlanta, I pay 40% higher fares than anywhere I go where SW flies thanks to Delta holding the city hostage (and an AirTran airport being over 2 hours away). Honestly, we don’t go as often since it isn’t worth an extra $600 for 3 of us just to get there to see family/friends. We would rather go where SW flies and spend the money on hotels, etc.

The Anti-Socialist

August 11th, 2009
8:51 am

DELTA is the “Clayton County School System” of airlines.

DELTA is the “Barack Obama” of knowing how to run a successful business FOR profit.

DELTA is the “Mike Vick” of customer service.

Atlanta_Tiger_Fan

August 11th, 2009
8:54 am

Excellent news!!! I flew Southwest all the time when I lived in Louisiana and it’s the best airline I have ever flown. I’ve driven to Birmingham twice just to fly Southwest!!

Atlanta_Tiger_Fan

August 11th, 2009
8:54 am

Don Carty obviously works for Delta!

WHF

August 11th, 2009
8:56 am

More competition is a thing for us customers. Welcome SW.

PMC

August 11th, 2009
8:56 am

absolutely! It’s about time.

L.C.B.

August 11th, 2009
8:58 am

I am glad that Southwest is finally coming to Atlanta. I am originally from Los Angeles and Southwest was usually one of the “go-to” carriers if you needed a low fare. Hopefully, this will force Delta and some of the other carriers that serve ATL to lower their fares to certain cities.

faireygodmother

August 11th, 2009
8:59 am

I already drive to Birmingham for the really good deals…… this would be really GREAT!!!!

ken c

August 11th, 2009
9:03 am

yes , yes and yes,delta has been killing us with their fares,they have monopolized the market in the atl. they will be welcomed with open arms. I will fly alot more now .

T.

August 11th, 2009
9:05 am

I read the comments thus far, and unless I missed the most important perk…NO BAG FEES FOR 2 BAGS!!!!!! I have yet to see a flight $40 cheaper ($15 + $25), for those that don’t check bags (on other airlines). Also a thought, didn’t they start charging bag fees when gas was out of control?

DeltaFFandSWA

August 11th, 2009
9:06 am

I fly both Delta and SWA weekly between Baltimore and Fort Lauderdale, South West down to Fort Lauderdale (direct) and Delta back to Baltimore with connection in Atlanta. Why? SouthWest flies direct, Delta has a better network and frequent flyer program. Yes, you can get a free ticket on SouthWest much faster, but you better be happy with just one country in this big world because they don’t fly across any oceans. Those flights on South West are LONG because there is NO entertainment provided (T.V. movies, wi-fi, nothing…. enjoy that 5 hours on a 737). Delta is by no means perfect but does provide a much more comfortable travel experience. Southwest is much better at being on time, but good luck doing that at Hartsfield where you spend more time waiting for a gate or congestion on the tarmac to clear. You might actually save time and be more comformtable driving to Birmingham and taking Southwest from there versus crammed into a Southwest 737 sitting on an old frumpy seat cushion surrounded by the Southwest drunkard passengers.

Charles Leeks

August 11th, 2009
9:07 am

Only fly SW if there is no other option. Hate the “cattle call” and unassigned seats. Last time I flew SWA, it got ugly as people were cutting line and arguring.

Lori

August 11th, 2009
9:08 am

Southwest is the BEST….. Can’t wait to give Delta a little more competition…..

Mara

August 11th, 2009
9:09 am

Love it!!! Can’t wait.

K.

August 11th, 2009
9:10 am

I’m in; and so is my family and all my friends !!
Southwest is also a good corporate neighbor in terms of support of local projects and causes.

Tucker

August 11th, 2009
9:10 am

If Southwest’s presence in Atlanta essentially duplicates Frontier’s presence, the impact will be slight. Heavy reliance on connecting flights out of Denver or any other hub well west of the Mississippi will not be a big winner, especially with the frequent weather related delays in Denver during 4-5 months of the year. Southwest will need direct flight destinations to cities not served by or minimally served by AirTran and overpriced on Delta and Continental. Even from Dallas the non-stop destinations on Southwest are rather limited, only 15 including 2-3 this side of Dallas already served by AirTran.

rodney massenburg

August 11th, 2009
9:11 am

I am originally from New Orleans, and we had Southwest and it’s a great air line, and will give Delta and AirTran a run for their money and service. Bring Southwest on. Can not wait.

Cammi317

August 11th, 2009
9:15 am

Yes I will definitely fly SW. I don’t need all of the bells and whistles used to pump up rates. I can provide my own entertainment (dvd player, mp3 player, books, travel games, crosswords, etc). What I want is a cheap and safe flight.

Jessica H.

August 11th, 2009
9:22 am

I have been waiting for a low-cost airline to hit Atlanta since I got here! I can’t wait.
JetBlue…you should be next.

Welcome SWA. Welcome.

Shanay

August 11th, 2009
9:33 am

I travel to Cali regularly on AirTran and can’t complain but can’t wait for SWA to arrive in ATL! No baggage fees! Lower fares! I will love it! Bring it on SWA!!!!

EMMA

August 11th, 2009
9:33 am

YEAAAAAAA!!!! Man they always have some good deals. We drive to Birmingham sometimes to catch a flight because we can save $200-300 off an airline ticket and it’s worth it to my family. My family of four can fly to St. Louis for about $118/ea on a sale where as out of Atlanta we look at $250-$300 if we don’t get a deal. YEAAAAAAAAA!!!!! Sure hope it happens

JeninAtlanta

August 11th, 2009
9:33 am

ABSOLUTELY! I would love to have the option of flying Southwest out of Atlanta….This kind of change is very good! Bring Southwest on ASAP!

Arty

August 11th, 2009
9:34 am

800,000 miles on Delta…will switch to SW in a heartbeat!