Southwest celebrates conversion, new flights at CAK


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GREEN, Ohio — Four more destinations have been converted from AirTran to Southwest Airlines at Akron-Canton Airport, and additional flights have been added.

Southwest now offers eight daily nonstop flights out of CAK, including service to Boston (Logan), New York (LaGuardia), Orlando and Denver (a second seasonal round trip).

“With nearly 900,000 customers flying Southwest Airlines from CAK every year, we couldn’t be more pleased to celebrate their success in our market,” said Rick McQueen, president and CEO of Akron-Canton Airport.

“Our partners at CAK have been instrumental in helping Southwest Airlines grow its presence in northeast Ohio,” said Bob Montgomery, Southwest Airlines Vice President of Airport Affairs. “This year is about recognizing the hard work that AirTran Airways did to lay a very solid foundation for Southwest Airlines while celebrating its people and brand as we move toward the full integration of the two airlines.”

Because it was the largest single conversion from AirTran to Southwest Airlines, CAK and Southwest officials celebrated Monday with a British invasion themed gate party that included a Beatles cover band, balloon twisting and trivia contest.

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