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Southwest to halt direct flights from RDU to Philly

Posted August 29, 2012

Southwest Airlines Co. said Wednesday it will stop its two direct daily flights from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Philadelphia, starting in March.

The company also said it will add direct flights in March from RDU to Orlando, Fla., and Phoenix. The flight to Orlando will be aboard AirTran, which Southwest acquired in a merger last year.

"We constantly update our schedule and adjust routes based on seasonality, customer demand and market performance," Southwest spokeswoman Ashley Dillon said in an email to WRAL News.

US Airways and US Airways Express also operate direct flights from RDU to Philadelphia, where US Airways has its hub.

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  • mpheels Sep 5, 2012

    :( I use the direct, non-stop RDU-PHL flights all the time to visit family in northern Delaware. It's almost always full, except for very early mid-week flights.

  • LuvLivingInCary Aug 29, 2012

    southwest is just doing what they do best. get you to your destination without a stop. they probably see enough rdu-mco traffic on airtran to just put a nonstop one in.

  • jet2rdu Aug 29, 2012

    Sounds like there is some confusion in the report.

    "Nonstop" and "Direct Flights" are not interchangeable terms, there are differences between the two. A "Nonstop" flight flies from one airport to another without stopping.

    A "Direct Flight", on the other hand, makes a stop or stops along the way. Thus passengers who are traveling on direct flights make a stop at a midpoint airport and remain seated on the plane while some passengers leave and others board.