Southwest Airlines Adds Direct Flights to Oakland and Boston from Port Columbus
Direct flights to the Bay Area is one of the most often requested route for air travel out of Port Columbus, and today Southwest has announced the addition of that connection. The airline will be adding nonstop service to Oakland this year, as well as Boston. Both will start in August.
“Today’s announcement, in addition to the recent announcements of Washington National and Dallas Love Field service, by our longtime partner Southwest Airlines will help make Columbus and our entire region more competitive,” said Mayor Michael Coleman in a release issued today. “Columbus continues to emerge as a technology hub and is increasing its opportunities for economic growth.”
The expansion of nonstop flights to key markets was one of the main focuses of the Jobs Expansion and Transportation (JET) Task Force, which was established last year. The same group has also been charged with studying the feasibility of Airport-to-Downtown rail service.
“I am ecstatic that our community banded together to attract this critical new air service to the Bay Area, and I commend Southwest for doubling down on Columbus,” said Daniel Rosenthal, JET Task Force Chair. “The JET Task Force found that cities with direct air service to the Bay Area are exposed to $110 million in venture capital funding per year versus $11 million for cities without direct service.”
The task force is reporting that the addition of nonstop service to the Bay Area is expected to generate $20 million in economic impact for the Columbus metro area. The establishment of this new service will be supported through a $1.2 million investment by the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Columbus 2020 economic development group.
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