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Southwest Airlines to double number of flights out of Reagan Airport

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(WJLA) -- Southwest Airlines will more than double the number of routes it flies out of Reagan National Airport this year, Reuters reports.

The airline on Monday announced seven new routes it plans to start flying out of Reagan within the next five to eight months, which include:

• Chicago Midway: Six daily round-trip flights begin Aug. 10; grows to nine daily flights on Sept. 30

• Nashville: Three daily round-trip flights begin Aug. 10

• New Orleans: Two daily round-trip flights begin Aug. 10

• Tampa: Two daily round-trip flights begin Sept. 30

• Akron-Canton: One daily round-trip flight begins Nov. 2

• Dallas Love Field: One daily round-trip flight begins Nov. 2

• Indianapolis: One daily round-trip flight begins Nov. 2

The carrier also plans to add flights on existing routes between DCA and Houston Hobby and two nonstop connections for St. Louis, as well as one daily round-trip flight to Los Angeles starting June 8 and one to San Francisco starting on Sept. 30.

"By year's end, we'll offer 44 daily departures to 14 destinations from Reagan National Airport," Ron Ricks, Southwest's executive vice-president and chief legal and regulatory officer, said in a statement Monday. "We've been interested in expanding at Washington National for a long time."

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