Time to Celebrate 40 Years of LUV from Southwest Airlines

On March 1, 1977, Southwest Airlines flew its first flight out of Corpus Christi International Airport (CCIA).  That same year, Southwest added service in cities like Austin and El Paso, vowing to “spread love all over Texas.”  It wasn’t long before Southwest began expanding beyond Texas and growing its operation from just a few airplanes and a few hundred employees to the huge, successful company that it is today.  For 40 years now, Southwest Airlines has provided quality service to travelers from around the Coastal Bend.  It’s a milestone that begs for a celebration.

The public is invited to join us on Wednesday, March 8th, at 5 p.m. as we celebrate this important anniversary.  The celebration will be held on the second floor of the airport terminal.  “We would like to publicly thank Southwest for the commitment the company made 40 years ago,” Director of Aviation at CCIA Fred Segundo said.  “Southwest has been loyal to this community and we want them to know how much we appreciate them,” Segundo said.

Southwest Airlines will also be featured in the March/April edition of Inspire Coastal Bend Magazine.  Inspire, along with the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce and the Corpus Christi Black Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting the event with CCIA.

Southwest Airlines has come a long way since their first flight in 1977.  Today, the company operates about 3900 flights a day to 101 destinations in the United States and seven other countries including Jamaica, Mexico and Costa Rica.  The airline currently operates 8 flights in and out of CCIA each day.

Southwest Airlines 40th Celebration

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

5 – 7PM

Airport Terminal – 2nd floor

Free Parking in Short Term lot – bring in parking stub for validation           


 For more information, contact Kim Bridger, Marketing Manager at CCIA at (361) 774-7871 or at kimb@cctexas.com.