The Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 takes off from Hollywood Burbank Airport in Burbank, California on September 16, 2020.
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Dallas-based Southwest announced on Monday that it would offer service next year at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and Chicago O’Hare, two hubs of United and the cities’ major airports. This is a change in strategy for the low-cost airline that has relied primarily on secondary airports in some of the largest US cities. Activities in these cities are still centered around Hobby Airport in Houston and Midway International Airport in Chicago.
The shift comes as airlines rethink their networks after the coronavirus pandemic shattered demand. Business travel was largely absent, which forced airlines to do so Focus on vacationers with the beach and other outdoor destinations.
The Southwest isn’t the only airline taking opportunities in the doldrums of traffic to once-congested airports. Chicago-based United plans to return to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in early 2021 after a more than five-year absence. CNBC reported Last month.