Southwest Airlines and AirTran have started to connect their network cities

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    Southwest Airlines has started to connect its flights with its AirTran Airways subsidiary, 21 months after the two airlines completed their merger.

    That means customers now can book one ticket for connecting flights on Southwest or AirTran — a major step in the airlines’ consolidation from a consumer perspective. Southwest said travelers will be able to do that for all of the airlines’ 97 destinations by the end of April, company spokeswoman Katie McDonald.

    Southwest said it took began testing network connections with AirTran on Jan. 26 at five cities — Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fort Myers, Fla.; Louisville, Ky.; and Norfolk, Va., connecting through Atlanta.
    Southwest is rolling it out to 34 more cities on Feb. 25, but wouldn’t reveal which cities yet, McDonald said.

    As part of the roll-out, Southwest will let AirTran passengers side-step baggage fees under certain circumstances. Southwest customers get to check two bags for free; AirTran charges a fee for checked bags.

    A ticket bought through Southwest or that includes a Southwest leg will have no baggage fees for two checked bags. Other fees, such as ticket change fees, will follow the policies of whichever airline system through which the ticket was booked.

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