Southwest Airlines to launch nonstop Indy-to-Oakland flights

Southwest Airlines will launch daily nonstop service next year from Indianapolis and Oakland, California, the Indianapolis International Airport announced Thursday.

The year-round air service to Oakland International Airport begins July 15.
Among the carriers serving Indianapolis, Southwest already has the largest presence. The Dallas-based carrier flies to 20 nonstop destinations from Indianapolis, and Oakland will be the 21st.

Southwest’s Indianapolis operation sells nearly 40,000 seats per week and accounts for 34 percent of the airport’s annual passenger traffic, said Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez.

Alaska Airlines and United Airlines offer daily nonstop service to San Francisco International Airport, which is about a 30-mile drive from Oakland. But the new Southwest flight will be the first nonstop service from Indianapolis to Oakland.

With the new Oakland service, Indianapolis will offer nonstop flights to 49 destinations. The airport says that's an all-time high for its current terminal, which opened in 2008.

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