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Southwest Airlines to experiment with Little Rock-to-Orlando flights

By David Harten

This article was published December 18, 2012 at 11:35 a.m.

— Southwest Airlines will now offer direct flights from Little Rock to Orlando, Fla., the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport said in a statement Tuesday.

The flights will be available Feb. 15-April 13 and are aimed at travelers heading to spring break destinations.

"We're extremely grateful that Southwest will be adding this new opportunity for our passengers," T.J. Williams, director of air service development at the airport, said in a statement. "We hope demand for direct service to this popular family destination will lead to the schedule being extended."

While the flight is currently temporary, it will be an experiment to gauge the popularity of the route, said airport spokesman Shane Carter.

"This is a trial run in which Southwest is looking into how popular this destination is," Carter. "And hopefully it will be able to sustain and become a permanent part of the schedule later on."

The airport has offered temporary direct flights in the past, with one to Destin, Fla., in 2011 aboard Vision Airlines, Carter added.

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turfclan says... December 18, 2012 at 11:57 a.m.

Great, but Little Rock direct to Atlanta would have more of a demand. Delta needs the competition.

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Jjackk says... December 18, 2012 at 12:38 p.m.

Atlanta? I think Orlando is a lot more fun than Atlanta.

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