Southwest Airlines to add Chicago-to-New York flights

Southwest Airlines is expected to announce Tuesday that it will start daily service to New York's LaGuardia Airport from Chicago's Midway Airport . Full Story
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Furytrader

Chicago, IL

#1 Apr 7, 2009
I wonder to what extent Southwest's reliability record will get hit due to the very bad air traffic at LaGuardia. It's terrible.
Willie

Northbrook, IL

#2 Apr 7, 2009
This is great news. NYC- here I come!
ejhickey

Berwyn, IL

#3 Apr 7, 2009
NORTHEAST By SOUTHWEST?
Chicago

Highland Park, IL

#4 Apr 7, 2009
A direct flight means that there is a stop along the way with no change of planes.

A non-stop flight means no stops and no change of planes.

C'mon Tribune! Get it right!
MinisterR

Oak Forest, IL

#5 Apr 7, 2009
I like this
DBX

Chicago, IL

#6 Apr 7, 2009
Yay! But shouldn't they have gone to Newark or JFK instead, where there are rail links and fewer delays?

Nonetheless, very good to see Southwest finally directly serving the biggest city in the country.
Dave

Springfield, IL

#7 Apr 7, 2009
It about time. Now can Southwest work on straight flights to Hawaii, St. Thomas (and other islands), and Canada.
Sal

Chicago, IL

#8 Apr 7, 2009
$90 bucks each way, plus taxes/fees, is going to bring Southwest right about to the price of the majors ($218), maybe 5 or 7 bucks less. I'd rather pay that extra 5 bucks and get flights leaving every hour than pack myself onto the flying CTA (Southwest).
Eve

New York, NY

#9 Apr 7, 2009
DBX wrote:
Yay! But shouldn't they have gone to Newark or JFK instead, where there are rail links and fewer delays?
Nonetheless, very good to see Southwest finally directly serving the biggest city in the country.
Absolutely not. It takes significantly less time to get from LaGuardia to Manhattan. JFK is an absolute nightmare, and the manner in which visitors are screwed by the mandatory MTA/AirTram combo cards is absurd. And Newark is a 3-train transfer to get to lower Manhattan. This is a godsend.
Windy

United States

#10 Apr 7, 2009
DBX wrote:
Yay! But shouldn't they have gone to Newark or JFK instead, where there are rail links and fewer delays?
Nonetheless, very good to see Southwest finally directly serving the biggest city in the country.
I disagree. I fly to NYC quite frequently and always choose LGA if possible. Commute time, cost to get there, easier access etc. makes it much easier to use LGA over JFK or Newark. I suppose it depends on where in the city you're going, but if Southwest had chosen Newark they still would have been missing the goal of serving the primary NYC market. Newark is a secondary airport for the NYC market. It's nice that you can take the subway to JFK but you still have to transfer to the Air Train & it takes an incredibly long time. JFK is just too far away. I think Southwest chose wisely.
southwest flier

Chicago, IL

#11 Apr 7, 2009
DBX wrote:
Yay! But shouldn't they have gone to Newark or JFK instead, where there are rail links and fewer delays?
Nonetheless, very good to see Southwest finally directly serving the biggest city in the country.
JFK??? It takes like a day to get to Manhattan from JFK... Thank god no they aren't flying into there.

There is a bus that takes you from LaGuardia to the Upper East Side in around 25-30 minutes for only a couple of bucks ... LaGuardia is definitely the preferred airport for this NYC traveller...
Robert Salm

Chicago, IL

#12 Apr 7, 2009
Terrific news! Goodbye overpriced, delayed, oversurcharged O'Hare.
Zamboni

Chicago, IL

#13 Apr 7, 2009
The only way this flight will be of any value is if Southwest limits the number of unruly, obnoxious, undisciplined children (or limits them to one section of the plane). I'm all for family flying, but it sometimes comes at the cost of those who are not flying with families. I'll still gladly pay a bit more to fly larger, more professional airlines.
Dave

United States

#14 Apr 7, 2009
Great news, thanks Southwest!
Sal

Chicago, IL

#15 Apr 7, 2009
Zamboni wrote:
The only way this flight will be of any value is if Southwest limits the number of unruly, obnoxious, undisciplined children (or limits them to one section of the plane). I'm all for family flying, but it sometimes comes at the cost of those who are not flying with families. I'll still gladly pay a bit more to fly larger, more professional airlines.
That's what I'm talking about. Also, O'Hare's on-time performance has gone way up since they opened the new runway
Midway flier

Royal Oak, MI

#16 Apr 7, 2009
Last year I flew from O'Hare to LGA every week for 3 months. Flying there usually wasn't a problem, but getting back was at least 2 hr delay, sometimes up to 5 hrs. I tried United and American, and you can say all you want about "professional" airlines, they pack you in even tighter than Southwest. If ever possible, I fly from Midway. I flew Midway-LGA this year on Delta Shuttle every week for a month, and was never delayed once either direction. I think most ppl fly United/American bc of the frequent flyer program, but I started realizing these are a complete waste of time and just cause more headaches. I hope ppl keep flying from Ohare to NYC, just to keep the Midway flights enjoyable. I'll be using SWA whenever possible.
Willie

Northbrook, IL

#17 Apr 7, 2009
southwest flier wrote:
<quoted text>
JFK??? It takes like a day to get to Manhattan from JFK... Thank god no they aren't flying into there.
There is a bus that takes you from LaGuardia to the Upper East Side in around 25-30 minutes for only a couple of bucks ... LaGuardia is definitely the preferred airport for this NYC traveller...
I have taken the M60 bus from LGA, which takes you to 125th in Harlem. Take the subway (redline I believe) right to Times Square. Wonderful way to see the city. Cheap too!
Quachas

Hillside, IL

#19 Apr 7, 2009
ITS ABOUT TIME. GREAT MOVE! was tired of crappy service to LGA
Gary Dee

Wilsonville, OR

#20 Apr 7, 2009
Too late, my girlfriend would have booked on SWA rather than United for an upcoming trip to LGA. Besides saving a couple of dollars and cheaper parking, also first checked bag free. United wasn't an issue for us until it became harder to nominate friends and family for Premier Associate status.
Quachas

Hillside, IL

#21 Apr 7, 2009
Zamboni wrote:
The only way this flight will be of any value is if Southwest limits the number of unruly, obnoxious, undisciplined children (or limits them to one section of the plane). I'm all for family flying, but it sometimes comes at the cost of those who are not flying with families. I'll still gladly pay a bit more to fly larger, more professional airlines.
Ill take an unruly obnoxious, undisciplined kid over sitting on the tarmac for hours and running late on a overpriced small airline to LGA anyday

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