The announcement comes after the company's acquisition of AirTran Airways last year. Southwest plans to convert AirTran operations at 22 different airports, including Rochester. An estimated 19 percent of local flyers use AirTran, which is the third most-traveled airline in Rochester. County Executive Maggie Brooks says the addition of Southwest will "bring new economic opportunities to our area."
Southwest Vice President Bob Jordan says they are excited about the coming changes. AirTran will continue to offer non-stop flights between Rochester and Atlanta, Baltimore, Orlando and Tampa.