Southwest Air to Expand Presence in Chicago and Houston

Southwest Airlines  (LUV) – Get Report said that starting next year it will fly out of Chicago O’Hare as well as Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental, stepping up competition against rival United Airlines  (UAL) – Get Report.

Dallas-based Southwest has traditionally flown out of Chicago Midway and Houston Hobby, two smaller airports. 

“Today’s announcement furthers our commitment to both cities as we add service to share Southwest’s value and hospitality with more leisure and business travelers,” Southwest Chief Executive Gary Kelly said in a statement. 

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