by Matt Alderton | January 09, 2017
Flying to and from meetings in Cincinnati is about to get a little bit easier -- and a little bit more affordable -- according to the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau, which last week announced the arrival of low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).

Southwest will begin operations in the Queen City effective June 4, 2017, when it will launch nonstop daily service to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). Through these two cities, the airline says, travelers will be able to access Southwest's entire network of more than 100 destinations across the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

"This is yet another great addition to our destination and to our region's amazing growth story," said Dan Lincoln, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Bringing in Southwest Airlines shows that Cincinnati USA continues to be a region on the move and will help us to better serve our leisure, business, and group travel visitors."

Southwest will operate three daily flights to Baltimore and five to Chicago.

"Bringing Southwest to Cincinnati not only answers a call from our new community and corporate partners for key nonstop service and broad network access with more affordable fares, but also now gives our more than 110 million annual customers access to a full complement of the top 50 markets across the contiguous 48 states," said Dave Harvey, Southwest's managing director of business development. "The addition of Cincinnati is yet another example of how we are connecting communities across the nation with our unmatched schedule and network, full-sized Boeing 737s, and customer-friendly policies."

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