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Posted: 10:33 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Starting Sunday, Southwest Airlines will start service in Charlotte and plenty of travelers are hoping for deals. "It's a good thing for Charlotte," said Richard Thomas. "Competition is good for all of us. It keeps us honest." Southwest is known as a low-price alternative to other big carriers. Eyewitness News randomly chose four cities across the country and checked flights for the same day from Charlotte and compared Southwest's ticket price to US Airways. To Columbus, Southwest cost $198.10. US Airways was $321. To Orlando, Southwest cost $272.30 and US Airways was $273. To Washington, D.C., Southwest cost $311 and US Airways was $229. To New York, Southwest was $410.10 and US Airways was $210. However, Southwest wins for fees. The airline doesn't charge to change flights or for a first or second bag. The airline is initially taking over for what used to be Air Tran and next month will offer 78 flights across the country from Charlotte. "I think they will add some flights. As to how many and when, that would be would be very speculative," said Jerry Orr, airport director. A US Airways official said they welcome the competition and said, "We are very comfortable with our position in Charlotte."
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