NEWS ADVISORY: Southwest Airlines to Donate $20,000 to New Orleans Relief Funds

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Airline committed to help rebuild tourism in New Orleans.

Gary Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Airlines, will be in New Orleans on Friday to present $10,000 checks to two New Orleans Relief Funds: the Friends of the New Orleans Hospitality Workers Disaster Relief Fund and Friends of the Times-Picayune Relief Fund.

     WHAT:        

Gary Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Airlines, will be in New Orleans on Friday to present $10,000 checks to two New Orleans Relief Funds: the Friends of the New Orleans Hospitality Workers Disaster Relief Fund and the Friends of the Times-Picayune Relief Fund. Representatives from both relief funds will be present to accept the checks.

     WHEN:        

January 27, 2006

11:30 a.m.

     WHERE:        

Loews New Orleans Hotel

300 Poydras Street

     OTHER FACTS:

  • The heart of Southwest Airlines and its 31,000-plus Employees remains with the citizens of New Orleans. Southwest Airlines currently offers 13 daily nonstop flights to five cities, including Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Orlando, and Tampa Bay, with additional direct and connecting flights to 28 cities.
  • Beginning March 17, Southwest Airlines will add five additional flights, bringing the total number of daily nonstop departures from New Orleans to 18.                    
  • Over eight days surrounding Mardi Gras 2006, Southwest Airlines also will add 36 (18 roundtrip) flights into and out of New Orleans, representing nearly 5,000 additional seats for tourists to visit the Big Easy and take part in the traditional Mardi Gras celebrations.    
  • February 7-9, Southwest Airlines will become one of the first corporations to host a major meeting in New Orleans when it sends nearly 300 of its Employees to the Big Easy for an annual three-day marketing conference and community outreach effort benefiting local food banks.

http://www.southwest.com

Contact:

Public Relations of Southwest Airlines

+1-214-792-4847

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