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Southwest Airlines announces 8 new routes in its latest expansion as airlines ramp up focus on Austin — see the full list

  • Southwest Airlines announced eight new routes on Thursday, six of which focus on Austin, Texas.
  • Austin, dubbed “Silicon Hills,” has become increasingly popular for tech giants from California.
  • Southwest will operate two new routes outside of Texas, including service from Colorado to Mexico.

Southwest Airlines announced eight new routes on Thursday in its latest network expansion, six of which will be to Austin, Texas, the state’s latest tech giant.

Business and leisure travelers will get more options to and from Austin starting in March 2022, including up to 105 departures per day serving 46 destinations across the United States and Mexico, according to Southwest. In addition to its stacked service to Austin, the airline will begin two routes outside of the Lone Star State, including Albuquerque to Burbank and Denver to Cozumel, Mexico.

Austin has become a popular tech destination for Silicon Valley giants like Tesla, which chose the Texas capital, now referred to as the “Silicon Hills,” as the location for its $1 billion factory that will build its highly-anticipated Cybertruck

Southwest has been Austin’s leading carrier for over three decades, accounting for about 34% of the airport’s total passenger traffic in the first half of 2021, according to data from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

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