Southwest Airlines Announces Expansion Plans for Maintenance Facility at Orlando International Airport

Published on : Thursday, May 21, 2015

Southwest AirlinesSouthwest Airlines ® today announced it is investing $9.5 million in a renovation and expansion project for the carrier’s Maintenance Hangar and Parts Stores Facility at Orlando’s International Airport. This project and the pending long-term hangar lease agreement with Greater Orlando Aviation Administration (GOAA) confirms Southwest’s commitment to the Orlando International Airport and its Maintenance and Parts operation.

“Orlando is an important market for Southwest Airlines,” said Pete Houghton, Southwest Airlines’ Senior Manager of Airport Affairs. “The Maintenance Hangar and Parts Stores Facility is a $9.5 million investment in our operation, showing our long-term commitment to this market and the Greater Orlando Aviation Administration.”

Renovation work is underway on Southwest’s current hangar, including fresh paint; new administrative offices; a production suite; additional engine storage; and a larger, improved sheet metal shop. Plans are in the design phase for an additional 20,000-square-foot stores facility.

Southwest is proud of its presence in Orlando, and strives to provide service options that benefit the local Orlando Customer, as well as the more than 8.6 million travelers who visit the Orlando area via the carrier each year. As the largest carrier in Orlando based on daily departures, Southwest offers more than 100 daily flights to more than 40 destinations. Southwest recently announced new nonstop service to Dallas Love Field, the carrier’s home base, with three daily nonstop flights.

With operations in eight airports* across the state, more than 3,700 Southwest Employees call Florida home, with more than 2,800 of those Employees locally-based in Orlando.

 *Southwest Airlines proudly serves eight Florida airports: Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Ft. Myers (RSW), Jacksonville (JAX), Orlando (MCO), Tampa Bay (TPA), Panama City Beach (ECP), West Palm Beach (PBI), and Pensacola (PNS).

Source:- Southwest Airlines

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