Atlanta mayor, Deal welcome Southwest to Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal joined other elected officials in welcoming Southwest Airlines to Atlanta's airport.

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly and Aviation General Manager Louis Miller were on hand Tuesday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for the welcome.

Southwest Airlines recently acquired AirTran Holdings Inc., the former parent company of AirTran Airways, an existing carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson. AirTran and Southwest both will operate at the Airport until Southwest integrates AirTran into its brand.

Southwest's initial schedule will include 15 flights to five nonstop destinations: Austin, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago Midway, Denver and Houston (Hobby). Nonstop service to and from Las Vegas and Phoenix is set to start next month, with more destinations to be added over the next six months.

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