FLINT (WJRT) - (11-02-17) - Southwest Airlines will reportedly stop flying in and out of Flint's Bishop International Airport next summer.
The airport says Southwest made the decision to end service in Flint. The airport credits Southwest as being a great partner, saying it adjusted its airline model to suit a smaller city.
Southwest's daily flights to Chicago-Midway will reportedly end June 6, 2018.
Bishop International Airport released the following statement:
Flint was very fortunate to be able to keep Southwest Airlines in the market after their acquisition of AirTran Airways in 2012. They have been a wonderful partner, maintaining service to our region by adjusting their airline model to suit a smaller city. Southwest worked diligently with us over the last 5 years to find the right combination of service to offer our community. Ultimately, Southwest came to the difficult business decision to no longer serve Flint’s Bishop International Airport. Their daily service to Chicago-Midway will end June 6, 2018.
While this is disheartening news, the reduction will not limit access to these key regions for our travelers. Flint Bishop passengers will still be able to enjoy nonstop service to Chicago-O’Hare with American Airlines and United Airlines. Additionally, Allegiant serves Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers and Tampa Bay/St. Pete nonstop .
Our four remaining airlines give Bishop International Airport customers access to all of the global airlines alliances, as well as the ultra-low fare network of Allegiant. Allegiant’s leisure only-low cost model has proven to be an excellent fit for the demographics of our region. We look forward to their continued growth in Flint.