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Southwest beginning new service from CVG to Sarasota and Fort Myers

Southwest Airlines beginning new service

from CVG to Sarasota and Fort Myers

Increasing frequency to Orlando and Tampa

Erlanger, Ky. (April 30, 2021) – Southwest Airlines is adding new nonstop service between Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and Sarasota, Florida (SRQ) and Fort Myers, Florida (RSW). Service to Sarasota and Fort Myers will operate on Saturdays beginning June 12, 2021. Tickets are available now for purchase at Southwest.com.

Southwest is also increasing frequency to Orlando (MCO) from seven to eight weekly departures as well as Tampa (TPA) from one to two times on Saturdays.

These new destinations and increased frequencies follow the addition of new nonstop service to Houston (HOU) in November 2020. Southwest will now serve nine nonstop destinations on a year-round or seasonal basis, including Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Chicago Midway (MDW), Denver (DEN), Houston (HOU), Orlando (MCO), Phoenix (PHX) and Tampa (TPA).

The planned schedule is:

Operating dates



Outbound time

Inbound time

6/12/2021 – 9/4/2021

CVG – Sarasota (SRQ)


3:30 PM – 5:40 PM

2:55 PM – 5:05 PM

6/12/2021 – 9/4/2021

CVG – Fort Myers (RSW)


1:00 PM – 3:20 PM

11:05 AM– 1:25 PM

“We have a wonderful partnership with Southwest and are grateful they continue to both expand destinations and increase flight frequencies from CVG,” said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer, CVG. “Southwest’s commitment to CVG is a testimony to the strength and continued vibrancy of our region.”



In its 50th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service to a Customer base topping 130 million passengers in 2019. Southwest became the nation’s largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded. In peak travel seasons during 2019, Southwest operated more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 101 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries. In early 2020, the carrier added service to Hilo, Hawaii, and Cozumel, Mexico. Southwest will begin service to Steamboat Springs, Colo. on Dec. 19, 2020, and also recently announced its intention to serve Palm Springs, Calif. and Miami, Fla.

The carrier issued its Southwest® Promise in May 2020 to highlight new and round-the-clock efforts to support its Customers and Employees wellbeing and comfort. Among the changes are enhanced cleaning efforts at airports and onboard aircraft, face covering requirements for Customers and Employees, and capping the number of passengers on every flight to allow middle seats to remain open through Nov. 30, 2020. Additional details about the Southwest Promise are available at  Southwest.com/Promise.

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