By Ben Warwick

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Travelers flying out of Colorado Springs will have more options starting in 2021. Southwest Airlines announced on Thursday they are expanding to Colorado’s second-largest city.

(credit: Denver International Airport)

“We are thrilled to welcome Southwest Airlines to our community and look forward to the positive economic and cultural impact it will have,” Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said. “Whenever I have discussed air service in Colorado Springs with our citizens, they inevitably ask about Southwest Airlines.”

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Service will begin sometime in the first half of 2021, with more details including schedules and fares, announced soon.

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“I’m thrilled that Southwest Airlines, which already has a large presence at Denver International Airport, will offer its services in the Springs next year! The addition of Southwest at the Colorado Springs Airport will help increase tourism and boost the economy in the Colorado Springs area, once it is safe to travel widely again,” Gov. Jared Polis wrote on Facebook.

Ben Warwick