LUV is in the air at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)! Southwest Airlines joined Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and other dignitaries today at a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening Southwest’s new home in Terminal E at PHL.
DALLAS – The recently completed $45 million Terminal E Expansion features seven new aircraft gates, a 500-seat holding area, new restrooms, a mini-food court with new concessions, and a fantastic new piece of permanent artwork installed as part of the City’s Percent for Art Program.
„This new facility, that now allows us to operate out of one concourse, is a wonderful example of both Southwest Airlines and the City of Philadelphia working together in a public-private partnership to enhance air travel for the entire City,“ stated Bob Montgomery, Southwest Airlines Vice President of Properties. „I know all of our hard-working Southwest Employees here in Philadelphia can’t wait to continue providing our legendary Customer Service from our new home in Terminal E.“
During the ceremony, Montgomery also announced a new and exciting destination for Philadelphians. Beginning June 27, 2010, the carrier is starting new service between Philadelphia and Boston Logan (BOS). Southwest will start with five daily nonstops between the two cities with fares as low as $59 one-way (see fare rules below). This low introductory fare is on sale today and also includes travel between Philadelphia and Southwest’s other Boston-area airports: T. F. Green Airport in Providence (PVD) and Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, New Hampshire (MHT). Purchase by April 18th for travel June 27, 2010 through August 13,2010.
„Southwest’s new Philadelphia – Boston route is yet another excellent addition to Philadelphia International Airport’s existing non-stop air service lineup. Competition on any of our routes is wonderful news for our patrons as it typically provides a greater choice in product offerings, flight schedules and lower fares. We applaud Southwest’s decision to inaugurate this service and are looking forward to its success,“ said Mark Gale, CEO of Philadelphia International Airport.
„We are thrilled that Southwest loves Boston and is continuing to grow here,“ said Ed Freni, Director of Aviation for the Massachusetts Port Authority. „We want to make sure their passengers are as comfortable here as they are in the air, so we are working to expand Southwest’s gate area to accommodate these new flights.“
It’s on, Philadelphia! To commemorate the new airport facility and the new route to Boston, Southwest Airlines is unveiling a new web site dedicated to all its Philly travelers. Customers can take advantage of additional Philadelphia fare sales and Rapid Rewards Double Credit offers. This web site landing page is a great way for Southwest Customers traveling to and from Philly to take advantage of deals tailored just for them.
When shopping for Southwest online, it’s important to know that Southwest Airlines‘ low fares are available only at southwest.com. Not only will Customers find Southwest’s great rates online, but the site also hosts Southwest’s Travel Guide where Customers can check out insider travel tips posted by those who frequent the Philadelphia area.
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