Southwest Airlines resumes two nonstop Birmingham flights 3 months early

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Southwest is bringing back daily flights to DC and Houston from Birmingham. Photo via Birmingham Airport Authority.
Southwest is bringing back daily flights to DC and Houston from Birmingham. Photo via Birmingham Airport Authority.

Southwest Airlines is resuming two popular Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) nonstop flights three months earlier than expected.

Here are the details.

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Southwest at the Birmingham -Shuttlesworth International Airport. Photo via Birmingham Airport

Back in June, Southwest Airlines announced they were going to restart their popular nonstop  BHM to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Houston William P. Hobby International Airport (HOU) flights in November 2021. Because passenger demand continues to grow, this week, the “Low Fares, Nothing to Hide” airline has begun scheduling additional Birmingham non-stop flights beginning on September 7th.

Slowly Increasing Number of Flights

According to the Birmingham Airport, which recently celebrated its 80th birthday, Southwest is slowly increasing the number of BWI and HOU flights in September and November.

From their news release:

“The Birmingham to Houston nonstop route will resume operating four times a week. The Birmingham to Baltimore/Washington nonstop route will operate once a week on Sundays beginning September 12 with frequency increasing to four times a week in October.”

Make sure to visit southwest.com for details.

Daily Flights in November

Beginning November 6th, Magic City travelers can expect daily flights to our nation’s capital and Houston – the “Space City” on a daily basis. 

For longtime residents like myself, if you have ever taken the weekday 7:15 morning flight to BWI and the evening return flight, you will likely see one of our state’s U.S. Senators and a member of Congress or two. You might even see the traveling north to do a little lobbying for the community.

Boeing 737

One other bonus: If you prefer the bigger planes, Southwest will continue to utilize the Boeing 737 aircraft with 143 seats for the routes.

Air Travel Growing In Birmingham

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Entrance at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Photo via Birmingham Airport Authority

Devastated a year ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of passengers and flights continue to grow at the BHM. Need evidence? Check out Bham Now’s story this week 5 direct flights out of Birmingham + fun things to do in each city.


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