Lipinski Announces Southwest will Start Flying New Route between Midway Airport and Washington Reagan Airport (March 24, 2014)

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has announced that local residents will soon be able to fly non-stop between Chicago Midway Airport and Washington Reagan National Airport.  After having lobbied for this service and helping Southwest gain new slots at Reagan, Lipinski says that for the first time ever the airline will begin flying six daily roundtrips on August 10, 2014.  Three more daily roundtrips will be added on September 30, 2014.  Lipinski led the effort to grant Southwest Airlines additional slots at Reagan National Airport after the American Airlines and U.S. Airways merger and the Department of Justice announced the awarding of these slots to Southwest in January. 

“For a number of years I have worked to give local residents the convenient option of flying from Midway to Reagan National Airport, so I am very pleased that Southwest has made this announcement,” said Lipinski.  “Families, school groups, business travelers, and anyone else looking for a convenient way to get to our nation’s capital should be very pleased.  And the addition of these flights will help to keep Midway Airport a vital economic engine on the Southwest Side of Chicago.” 

Rep. Lipinski is the senior member from the state on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and serves on the Aviation Subcommittee.