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Southwest Airlines adds seasonal Saturday service to Chicago

Southwest Airlines will have a new nonstop to Chicago taking off from Boise Airport in August. Photo courtesy of Boise Airport.

Southwest Airlines is adding a new seasonal destination this summer to its lineup at Boise Airport.

For those hankering to catch a Cubs game, tuck into a slice of deep-dish pizza or see the masterpieces at some of the Windy City’s many museums, Southwest will offer service to Chicago Midway Airport beginning Aug. 10 and continuing through the end of its posted schedule, Sept. 28.

The budget airline joins carriers American and United, which also offer daily, year-round service from Boise to Chicago O’Hare Airport, the nation’s busiest airport in terms of the number of flights.

Southwest’s nonstop service between Boise and Midway will be once weekly and on Saturdays only, the airline announced.

Southwest will be flying a 737 jetliner for these flights. The Boise-Chicago flight will depart at 8:30 a.m., and the Chicago-Boise flight will arrive at 9:20 p.m. The airline has yet to post ticket prices.

Southwest’s seasonal service to Chi-town has been offered in the past, said Sean Briggs, Boise Airport spokesman. While flights flew daily during previous summer months, “This year they dialed it way back,” said Briggs, who suspects many Idaho residents will like the option of booking flights to connect to East Coast destinations like New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C., via the Chicago Southwest leg.

Conversely, he expects many Chicagoans to book trips on Southwest flights with an eye to scoping out Idaho’s many popular tourist attractions during the seasonal service period.

Briggs said as the Treasure Valley continues to grow and demand from more business and leisure air travelers expands, the potential for long-haul service to the East Coast “gets better and better.”

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