Flyers have until midnight Thursday to purchase one-way fares as low as $49 from Raleigh-Durham International Airport’s second largest carrier.
Southwest Airlines, which saw nearly 110,000 enplaned passengers at RDU in 2015, is trying to bolster its presence market share in regional airports, and one way it’s doing that is through an advanced ticket sale.
Through the offer, travelers can book tickets through the Dallas-based airline to locales such as Atlanta for $49 – a flight that, according to Google, typically retails as low as $119 from competing carriers.
Tickets are valid from Aug. 23 through Dec. 14 – and only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (travel to Florida is only available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
RDU has become increasingly competitive of late, as major carriers such as Delta have decided to double down on the region.
Delta, which recently announced new nonstop services to Newark, New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; and Paris, has said it’s because of the growth happening in the Triangle. “We see real opportunity here,” said Victoria Forbes-Roberts, the vice president of pricing and revenue management for Delta.
And she’s not alone. As the region picks up, so does airport traffic, said Mike Landguth, RDU Airport Authority CEO in a recent interview. His team projects that the airport will need to add 23 gates to meet its anticipated needs through 2040, which is why they’re working with Ricondo & Associates to develop redesign concepts, which include options such as new terminal additions.
Here’s what Southwest is offering through midnight Thursday:
$49: To Atlanta, Baltimore and Nashville
$79: To Fort Lauderdale
$99: To Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Orlando, St. Louis, Tampa
$129: To Denver
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