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Southwest adding nonstop from Indy to Washington

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Indianapolis air travelers will have a new option for flights to Washington, D.C., with Southwest Airlines Co.' expansion of service from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

The airline announced Monday that it will more than double flights from Reagan National by year's end. Among the expansions is a new route to Indianapolis, which will start in November, the airline said.

The Dallas-based carrier is purchasing 54 slots that became available as a result of a settlement of litigation by the U.S. Justice Department against the American Airlines and US Airways merger. Reagan National is the airport nearest the Capitol, and Indianapolis currently has non-stop service there on American and US Airways.

In addition to Indianapolis, Southwest is adding service to Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, Tampa, Nashville and Akron.

Indianapolis travelers can also reach Washington, D.C., on United Airlines' non-stop flights to Washington Dulles International and Southwest's flights to Baltimore-Washington International.

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  • Difficult
    As someone who travels for work, albeit much less than in the past, it's very difficult to get anywhere from here! Truly, one has to take a connecting flight to anywhere more than a couple of hundred miles away, with a few exceptions. Nothing like flying to St. Louis and finding that it's faster to drive than to fly? Or, feel free to insert any other city within a 5-hour drive...
  • IND is still lacking
    This is a good step, but IND is still very much lacking in direct flights to important cities. We have a wonderful new terminal building, but it's strikingly empty at times and overall the airport doesn't seem to be reaching its potential in terms of flights in/out.
  • Adding, yet taking away
    Flying home from Key West yesterday, I overheard the flight attendant tell another passenger that Southwest will stop flying to Key West in June. Southwest is our main airline when flying to the Keys. We'll hate to see them go, and have to give our business to Delta instead.
  • Great News
    Good to see airlines adding services to IND. It gets really old having to make a connection on nearly every flight out and wasting a good chunk of a useful workday or vacation day flying.

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