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Since Southwest’s acquisition of AirTran in 2011, we’ve seen Southwest drop many legacy AirTran markets for not quite fitting into the Southwest ecosystem. Last week, we learned that another AirTran holdover, Flint, MI, would be withdrawn from service.
Per a Southwest press release:
The carrier has made the difficult decision to exit Flint, Mich. (FNT), with the last day of service on June 6, 2018. There will be no Customer impact with today’s decision as tickets won’t be available for sale past the last day of service. However, Southwest remains committed to Michigan with a wide portfolio of destinations available from Detroit and Grand Rapids. Southwest’s 14 FNT Employees will be offered positions elsewhere within the Company.
Southwest first started service to Flint in 2013, and over the years has tried a few different markets: Baltimore, Chicago-Midway, Ft. Myers, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Tampa, and while they held on for four years, Southwest finally decided that Flint wasn’t a great use of aircraft and crew time.
Those passengers who did use Flint as their main Southwest gateway will still have access to Detroit (DTW), which is about an hour away and Grand Rapids (GRR), which is about and hour and a half away.
It’s always sad to see any city lose air service — does this cut affect you? Let us know!
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