Southwest Airlines is adjusting its flight schedules for the fall and will be temporarily suspending non-stop flights between Bradley Airport and some destinations, including Orlando, the airline told NBC Connecticut.
The airline said the non-stop flights to Orlando would be suspended until sometime in October, though travelers could get there by transferring through its hubs, like Baltimore's BWI. Flights to Denver and St. Louis will also be impacted, Southwest said.
The airline attributed the changes to the drop in passengers and demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The full statement from Southwest Airlines is below:
"As Southwest Airlines reacts to the drop in customer demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, the airline continues to adjust flight schedules across our network – including at Bradley International Airport (BDL). Currently, Southwest plans to temporarily suspend non-stop flights to Denver and St. Louis from September until November, and a non-stop flight to Orlando will be suspended until October. Rest assured, local travelers can still reach those destinations from BDL with convenient, one-stop connections via Baltimore (BWI) and Chicago (MDW). We appreciate the support of our local Southwest Customers, and we look forward to increasing flights when customers are ready to travel again."
The Connecticut Airport Authority shared the following statement with NBC Connecticut:
"As is the case with all airlines, Southwest’s schedule has remained in flux throughout the pandemic. A number of these airline schedule changes are a reflection of the reduced demand that has resulted from the state’s travel order. In the month of September, we have been advised by Southwest that all nonstop destinations will be suspended, with the exception of Baltimore and Chicago. However, passengers will still be able to access Southwest’s entire route network by connecting through one of those two cities.”