CHICAGO (CBS) — The coronavirus pandemic may have hit the travel industry hard, but Southwest Airlines is expanding.
On Sunday, the carrier started flights out of O’Hare International Airport.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Mainly Clear And Not As Cold Sunday Night
Initial routes include Dallas, Baltimore, Phoenix, Denver, and Nashville.
A total of 16 flights a day will leave out of three gates at the International Terminal at O’Hare. Look for additional flights to Orlando net month.READ MORE: At Least 20 Shot, 2 Killed In Weekend Violence In Chicago
Transportation experts said the move by Southwest might drive down airfares for travelers.
“Southwest is getting more bold going into these big hubs – taking their piece of the pie,” said DePaul University transportation expert Joe Schwieterman, “and that’s good for consumers – a little more price competition.”MORE NEWS: Boy, 11, Shot And Wounded In West Pullman; He Is Second Child Shot In Area Within Week
Southwest will still maintain its major hub out of Midway International Airport.