Southwest Airlines (LUV - Free Report) recently announced several nonstop domestic services. As a result, it has extended its bookable flight schedule through Nov 2, 2019.
The carrier intends to add a weekend service connecting St. Louis with Salt Lake City from Aug 10, 2019 onward. However, starting Oct 2, 2019, this nonstop service will be extended to a daily flight. The same day, the airline will resume its previous (which was in service during March 2013) twice-daily nonstop operations connecting Baltimore/Washington with Newark.
Further, the carrier will begin operations between Nashville and Buffalo, N.Y., beginning Oct 5. This flight will be available only over the weekends. Additionally, the airline will initiate Sunday services connecting Houston (Hobby) with Amarillo and Dallas Love Field with Cleveland. These fights will also commence on Oct 5.
The company recently began its much-awaited Hawaii service from Oakland to Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. This expansion is a key step toward Southwest Airline’s growth initiatives for 2019. In January, the low-cost airline announced plans to increase flying by 5% this year, half of which will emerge from its Hawaiian flights. (Read more: Southwest to Begin Hawaiian Flights Soon With FAA Nod)
Airline companies make constant efforts to expand operations in response to rising travel demand. To this end, Spirit Airlines (SAVE - Free Report) recently began a daily nonstop service from Indianapolis to Orlando, FL and Las Vegas, NV. Simultaneously, the carrier announced a couple of flights from the region, set to launch this winter.
Earlier in the month, United Continental Holdings’ (UAL - Free Report) subsidiary United Airlines introduced services from Los Angeles, Denver and Cleveland to eight cities across California, Florida and Texas. Simultaneously, multiple other services are lined up to be unveiled later this month.
Meanwhile, Alaska Air Group’s (ALK - Free Report) unit Alaska Airlines introduced a daily nonstop service connecting Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with Columbus International Airport in a bid to widen its network across the West Coast.
Zacks' Top 10 Stocks for 2019
In addition to the stocks discussed above, wouldn't you like to know about our 10 finest buy-and-holds for the year?
From more than 4,000 companies covered by the Zacks Rank, these 10 were picked by a process that consistently beats the market. Even during 2018 while the market dropped -5.2%, our Top 10s were up well into double-digits. And during bullish 2012 – 2017, they soared far above the market's +126.3%, reaching +181.9%.
This year, the portfolio features a player that thrives on volatility, an AI comer, and a dynamic tech company that helps doctors deliver better patient outcomes at lower costs.
See Stocks Today >>