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Southwest Airlines Returns to George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Plus, book a $50 flight through May 3. 

By Raven Wuebker April 13, 2021

After a year of limited and restricted traveling, we have some good news for Southwest Airlines flyers. Yesterday Dallas-based carrier Southwest began flights out of George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) for the first time in 16 years. 

Southwest has had several stints in IAH, coming first in the early 1970s for about a year, then returning in 1980 before flying out for the last time in 2005. Well, the last time until now. 

The airline is offering five non-stop flights from Bush, including Chicago-Midway, Denver, Dallas Love Field (its headquarters), Nashville, and New Orleans. Southwest Airlines, which will have 15 daily flights, will depart to all five locations from Terminal A. 

If you prefer the smaller Hobby, don’t worry—Southwest will still fly out of Houston’s oldest commercial airport. 

The return to Bush comes as part of Southwest Airlines’s 50th anniversary celebrations. In addition, the carrier is offering $50 flights when you book through May 3 for travel May 3–26 and September 7–November 5. Some exclusions apply, learn more here.

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