Southwest to Launch MSP/Austin Nonstops

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Starting June 6 there will be an expanded choice of flight options between the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Austin, Texas. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines has just announced one daily nonstop will operate six days of the week to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, adding new competition to the route that is dominated locally by Delta Air Lines which flies between the two cities three times daily.

Southwest’s Boeing 737 service from Terminal 2 will depart MSP at 3:05 p.m., arriving in Austin at 5:45 p.m. Northbound flights leave AUS at 12 noon, arriving at 2:40 p.m.

In 2019, Austin was the 28th largest domestic market from the Twin Cities, averaging 329 daily passengers which computes to 120,000 annually. Since 2016, passenger volume between the two airports has increased by 64%.

Houston-Hobby nonstop service from the Twin Cities was inaugurated by Southweest in March, and the carrier now has 16 routes from MSP in its schedule including multiple daily flights to Chicago-Midway, Denver, Baltimore-Washington and Atlanta.

Overall, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is now averaging 343 daily passenger flights among all carriers, up slightly from 339 in March, as the airline industry continues its slow but steady recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that has devastated the industry.

Published by iFlyMSP

After a 35-year travel industry career, the time has come to kick back and relax. Well, not exactly, but it is time to travel without a business schedule dictating where and when. Over the years I've traveled extensively by air for work, both domestically and internationally. I've been to some incredibly exciting and beautiful destinations, and some others, not so much. So now it's my turn (and hopefully yours), to explore the world at a more leisurely pace. Whether you want to discover the U.S. or another continent, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is a great starting point. And that's what this blog is all about. I'm not here to assist the rich and famous in figuring out how to best earn and utilize their millions of airline miles and hotel points. Instead, my focus will be on the average Joe and Josephine. Hard-working people (like you!) who have saved up over time for their once or twice a year escape from reality. So if you're contemplating a getaway from MSP or the Upper Midwest via the Twin Cities, you've come to the right place. Happy trails!

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