Southwest Airlines will start running nonstop flights every day from Charlotte to Chicago and back. This kind of daily flight allows for some interesting community options for those who might need to practically be in two places at once, though I'm not sure how well these daily flights will work out tourism-wise.
The full merger of Southwest Airlines and AirTran takes a big step closer to completion this month with the final linking of the two carriers' reservations systems. Also starting Apr. 14, Southwest will commence daily nonstop flights between Chicago's Midway Airport and Charlotte, N.C., a major hub for U.S. Airways.
The new Charlotte-Midway route is part of Southwest's takeover this month of Charlotte service previously operated by AirTran.
The merger of the carriers' two reservations systems means Southwest (NYSE: LUV) customers in Chicago and all other markets can now book any Southwest or AirTran flight directly from the Southwest website, as well as via Southwest's telephone reservation system and mobile apps and at Southwest ticket counters.