Southwest Airlines has arrived in Colorado Springs

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After a 20-year journey, Southwest Airlines has finally landed in Colorado Springs.

The first-ever scheduled Southwest flight, Flight 1623 from Denver, arrived at the Colorado Springs Airport at 9:57 a.m. Thursday.

The first flight to depart from the airport left for Denver at 10:40 a.m.

The airline says it will bring more cost-friendly flights and customer-friendly policies to the Pikes Peak region, and city leaders say it’s good for travelers and business.

“This is a game changer,” Dirk Draper, President and CEO of the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, said. “We’re thrilled at the additional access that this provides to markets and vendors and our supply chain through the community. Many of our employers do business coast to coast and border to border, and this opens up markets, makes it more convenient for us to travel.”

Southwest’s Colorado Springs service currently includes 13 daily flights to Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.

The new flights have connections to 80 cities. Southwest will be studying where Colorado Springs passengers go, to see which flights could be added for direct service.

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