Take that, Continental
Southwest Airlines to add non-stop flights to Newark
The air wars continue.
The move puts Southwest in direct competition with Continental/United, with the domestic carrier offering competing flights to four of the hub cities that Continental/United now serves. Nonstop flights from Newark to Houston, Baltimore, Denver, and Phoenix begin June 5, 2011.
Ironically, Southwest scored the rights to operate the flights, which will make up 10 of the 18 round-trip daily flights the carrier will operate from Newark, in the merger deal between Continental and United.
Fares generally fall at airports that Southwest flies into, so we'll see if that's the case at Newark.
In other Hobby news, the regional airport is now equipped with new Backscatter scanners, and Hobby seems as dubious of the devices as we are. (Note: When the government says those images of your nekkid body are protected, they don't mean from Twitter.)