Southwest Airlines Adds New Colorado Ski Destination To Network

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Southwest Airlines is planning new nonstop services to a ski destination. From December 19th, the airline will be flying to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, through the Hayden Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN).

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Southwest Airlines will be flying to a new Colorado destination this winter. Photo: Getty Images

Southwest’s new Steamboat Springs route

From December 19th, Southwest Airlines will be adding new flights from Denver International Airport (DEN) and Dallas-Love Field (DAL) to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Steamboat Springs does not have its own commercial airport. Rather, larger commercial aircraft serve the city through the Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN) in Hayden, Colorado.

Southwest will start seasonal service on December 19th. From Monday to Friday, the carrier will offer three daily flights between DEN and HDN. On Saturdays and Sundays, Southwest will fly once a day between DAL and HDN.

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Southwest Airlines will be flying three times per day between Denver and Steamboat Springs. Photograph provided courtesy of Denver International Airport.

In a press release viewed by Simple Flying on the new route launch, Andrew Watterson, the airline’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer, stated the following:

“This year, Customers are looking to experience more of the nation’s great outdoors. By linking both Denver and Dallas nonstop to Steamboat Springs, Customers across a majority of our network will be able to reach the Rocky Mountains. As we look toward the winter months, we know our hassle-free and pro-Customer policies like skis fly free, bags fly free and no change fees will give travelers extra peace of mind when booking their much-needed winter getaways.”

Fares are available for as low as $49 one-way between Denver and Steamboat Springs. On flights between Dallas and Steamboat Springs, tickets are available as low as $69 one-way. These are for nonstop flights. Southwest will be offering connections for those who want to fly the airline to Steamboat Springs but are not based in Denver to Dallas. Service to Steamboat Springs will end on April 5th, 2021.

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Southwest will be able to offer connections out of both Dallas and Denver. Photo: Getty Images

The new route will see the airline add its 90th airport served in the United States and 104th destination across the airline’s North American network, marking another chapter in the carrier’s extensive history.

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What is special about Steamboat Springs?

Steamboat Springs is a very seasonal destination. The city is known for its excellent opportunities to ski and snowboard. There are also plenty of different bars and restaurants, breweries, some hot springs, and other local attractions for people looking for a little break from skiing or snowboarding.

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Southwest Airlines is known for allowing customers to fly with two free bags, including skis, snowboards, and some associated equipment like poles and boots. Check with Southwest for full restrictions. Photo: Southwest Airlines

Which other airlines fly into HDN?

Multiple major US full-service airlines operate flights to HDN, mostly on a seasonal basis. Below is a list of airlines and destinations out of Hayden this winter:

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  • Alaska Airlines: San Diego (SAN), Seattle (SEA)
  • American Airlines: Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW)
  • Delta Air Lines:
  • JetBlue: Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • United Airlines: Chicago (ORD), Denver (DEN), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO), Washington D.C. (IAD)

United Airlines is the only airline to serve HDN year-round with flights to Denver, during the summer when travel demand to the region is relatively low. All other airlines operate winter schedules when the ski season is at its peak. United is the largest airline, when accounting for regional operations as well, at HDN. Southwest Airlines is embracing the seasonal service concept to HDN with plans to suspend service in April, at the end of the big ski season.

Are you planning on taking Southwest Airlines to Steamboat Springs this winter? Let us know in the comments!

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