Southwest Airlines returns to Bush Airport after 16-year hiatus

Southwest Airlines begins flights from George Bush Intercontinental Airport today for the first time since 2005.

The airline will offer 18 outbound non-stops daily for Chicago, Denver, Dallas Love Field Airport, Nashville and New Orleans, with some one-way fares as low as $29.

The company says it also plans to begin operating in additional cities this year, including Jackson, Miss., Long Beach, Calif., Miami and Sarasota, Fla.

Southwest also previously flew from Bush in the 1970s and '80s. Operations at Hobby Airport, the airline's Houston hub with more than 160 daily flights, will continue as usual.

According to the airline, it employs or supports nearly 4,000 Houston jobs.

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