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Southwest Airlines expands service with new nonstop to Austin

Southwest plane in the air​Beginning June 6, Southwest Airlines will begin new, year-round, six-days-a-week service between MSP Airport (MSP) and one of the fastest growing cities in the country – Austin, Texas (AUS).

Austin is one of MSP's fastest growing markets, with passenger traffic to that destination increasing 64 percent since 2016.

Austin will be Southwest's 16th destination from MSP, although the airline suspended four routes during the pandemic. The airline currently serves six, year-round markets from MSP: Baltimore-Washington, Chicago Midway, Denver, Houston, Nashville and Phoenix. It has another six seasonal routes, including a new route to San Diego this year that operated during the most recent spring break travel period.

MSP is currently averaging 343 average daily departures in April, up from 339 in March. Airlines have operated as many as 174 routes in March, the most since the pandemic began more than a year ago.