The start date and schedule times are still pending, but Southwest Airlines has made a big push to bring back large jet service between Washington DCA and St. Louis starting this fall. Southwest, which bought restricted slots from another airline, will provide two daily roundtrips between DCA and STL with ticket sales expected to begin late July or August. The service is expected to begin by early October.

The specific schedule for the new flights is pending a decision by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding a request by Southwest to modify the slot times that were originally assigned to the previous carrier.

This is great news for our regular DC commuters. For some time, we've had more fliers than non-stop seats between St. Louis and Reagan National. Southwest has responded to our strong market.  It is Lambert’s largest carrier currently providing 94 daily flights to 33 destinations. Southwest will also begin two new daily non-stop flights between St. Louis and San Antonio beginning August 12.