Southwest Airlines to temporarily operate Kansas City to Washington D.C. route

Southwest Airlines will temporarily operate a route from Kansas City International Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport starting Feb. 1.

Southwest petitioned to ensure there was no interruption of service after Frontier Airlines decided to stop daily nonstop service beginning Jan. 31.

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, said Southwest’s decision is good news for Kansas air travelers.

“As the nation’s largest low-cost air carrier and MCI’s largest airline, Southwest is well-suited to provide travelers flying between Kansas City and Washington, D.C., with an affordable travel option,” Moran said in a statement. “Maintaining access to air service is essential to connecting Kansas businesses to the rest of the country.”

Last fall, Frontier Airlines was sold to Indigo Partners, a private equity firm. The new owners decided to discontinue Frontier’s current route exemptions, allocated by the Department of Transportation, for daily nonstop service between Kansas City and Washington.

While the DOT begins formal proceedings to reallocate the routes, which is expected to take months, Southwest Airlines will be allowed to serve the route on a temporary basis, Moran’s office said.