Southwest Airlines to add more routes from Raleigh-Durham

November 20, 2018 by  

Southwest Airlines recently announced that it will start flying nonstop between Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) and San Jose, California, using the Boeing 737. The new route makes Southwest the only airline providing nonstop flights between these two destinations.

Officials at RDU have supported nonstop service between the two hubs of technology—California’s Silicon Valley and the Triangle in Raleigh—for a long time, so they welcome the addition. However, at present, only one flight per week is scheduled, on Sunday. RDU officials hope that number will increase. When companies make changes like this, officials can use brochure printing to keep customers informed.

In another announcement, Southwest said it is also starting nonstop service between RDU and Austin, Texas. Two other airlines, Frontier and Delta, fly this route, but Southwest is the only one to offer flights daily.

With the addition of the San Jose service, Southwest Airlines will be providing 17 nonstop flights from RDU, including seasonal flights to Cancun. United Airlines and Alaska Airlines both fly between RDU and San Francisco, which is about 50 miles from San Jose.

Other carriers have flown the RDU-San Jose route, including the now-defunct Midway Airlines, which operated the service from 2000 until 2001. American Airlines was also interested and planned to start service in 2003, but abandoned the idea when financial difficulties arose.

Flights between Raleigh-Durham and San Jose will begin in June 2019.