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Southwest Airlines dropping two Norfolk flights in 2014

Southwest Airlines has announced it will stop offering plane tickets on two of its Norfolk routes as it braces to drop the services from next year. The airline said that it is planning to drop its nonstop flights to Jacksonville and Nashville from Norfolk in 2014.

Media reports quoted Charles Braden, Norfolk International Airport market development director, as saying that the passenger demand on these two routes has waned and Southwest Airlines is now finding these unprofitable. Braden said that the airline will stop plying on these routes in March 2014.

Braden further said that the nonstop flight from Norfolk to Tampa is likely to be resumed by Southwest Airlines on a seasonal basis in November this year. The service had been discontinued by the airline in June this year. He said that if the Tampa flights performed remarkably then the airline would consider restoring the year-round service on Tampa-Norfolk route.

Meanwhile, in another development Southwest Airlines has indicated that it might start charging its customers for checked bags on an a la carte basis in future. The airline has until now been allowing each passenger to check-in two bags for free.