Southwest to convert Wichita, adds flights

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Southwest Airlines will convert service to Wichita, Kansas, from its subsidiary AirTran Airways on 2 June 2013, along with a number of additional schedule tweaks.

The Dallas-based low-cost carrier will launch twice-daily flights between Wichita and both Chicago Midway and Dallas Love Field, and once-daily flights between Wichita and Las Vegas. AirTran will end its three-daily flights between Atlanta and Wichita on 1 June 2013.

Southwest will also take over AirTran's twice-daily flights between Baltimore and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and begin service between Houston Hobby and New York LaGurdia, and Chicago and Tulsa on the same day.

AirTran will launch new flights between Tampa and both Houston and Raleigh/Durham, a second-daily flight between Orange County and Cabo San Lucas, and take over Southwest's flights from Ft. Lauderdale to Milwaukee and Raleigh/Durham on 2 June.

Southwest will make a number of seasonal changes on 2 June as well. It will begin seasonal flights between Seattle and Atlanta, Nashville, Houston and Kansas City, Austin and Portland (Oregon) and Las Vegas and Manchester (New Hampshire), and end seasonal service between Ft. Myers and both Hartford and Providence, and Norfolk and Tampa.

The airline will end flights between Albuquerque and Tucson, Oakland and Reno, Little Rock and St. Louis, and Birmingham (Alabama) and both Ft. Myers and Jacksonville.

Southwest has said that it will keep combined capacity with AirTran flat in 2013.