Southwest Airlines announces intention to touch down in Eugene

The airline says service at Eugene Airport could start as soon as the second half of 2021.

Posted: Mar 8, 2021 4:45 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Southwest Airlines Co. announced Monday morning that they intend to add three more airports to its list of destinations, including Eugene.

"I’m pleased to share with you all that today we're announcing our intention to serve three more destinations and continue our focus on putting our aircraft to work to pursue more Customers and much-needed revenue, " said Southwest Airlines Chairman and CEO in a press release.

Airlines, of course, have taken a hard hit during the pandemic as U.S. airline passenger traffic has dropped to a 36-year low - with billions lost, according to industry trade group Airlines for America.

Southwest says they anticipate service to begin in the second half of 2021. The city joins 16 other destinations that have been announced since the pandemic began, including Myrtle Beach, SC and Bellingham, WA.

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