Haley in Charleston to welcome Southwest Airlines

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Gov. Nikki Haley and the President of Southwest Airlines were in Charleston Monday to talk about Southwest's economic impact on the Lowcountry. Over the weekend, the low-cost carrier began service to and from Charleston.

"Southwest is a company that understands its customer service," Haley said. "If you keep people happy you'll keep planes full.

Southwest now has seven flights out of Charleston each day. Southwest is the first discount airline to fly to Charleston in about two years.

"It's great for tourism. It's great for business groups in terms of economic development," Haley said. "When we talk about infrastructure, it's airfare and it's ports. This is the first part of it and we're very excited."

The first flight out of Charleston International Airport left Sunday morning at 7 a.m. bound for Chicago-Midway. The first flight arriving in Charleston came from Baltimore around 10:30 a.m.

Not only is Southwest launching service in Charleston, but also in the Upstate. The first departures and arrivals took place Sunday at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport.

"The bottom line is people will no longer start flying out of Charlotte and Savannah. They will start to fly out of Greenville and Charleston which is what we want," Haley said.

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