Southwest Airlines doubles daily service at Grand Rapids following AirTran acquisition

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Southwest Airlines plans to double its daily service to Grand Rapids after absorbing AirTran routes into its system.

The airline announced the move Monday, saying the change takes effect Aug. 11 at Gerald Ford International Airport.

Southwest says it will operate daily flights from Grand Rapids to Baltimore-Washington, Denver, Orlando and St. Louis international airports.

The airline says it will have six daily flights from Grand Rapids, compared with AirTran's three. It's cutting fares to promote the move for tickets bought by Feb. 17.

Southwest bought AirTran in 2011.

Southwest says it also will absorb AirTran flights from Flint Bishop International Airport to Baltimore-Washington, Orlando and Tampa Bay, And it will add a flight from Flint to Las Vegas on Aug. 11.

Organizations: Southwest Airlines, Gerald Ford International Airport

Geographic location: Grand Rapids, Orlando, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Denver St. Louis Tampa Bay Flint Las Vegas

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