Charleston to Chicago- Most Desired Route for Southwest

Charleston Business Journal

Chicago, then Boston and Miami.

Daily Journal and online readers overwhelmingly picked the Windy City as their first destination of choice when Southwest Airlines begins flying from Charleston next year.

In partnership with the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Business Journal asked readers to rank their top three destinations from a list of seven cities and were also invited to offer their own personal picks. Nearly 550 readers responded to the survey over the past four days.

Extrapolating the data, readers selected Chicago, Boston and Miami as the top-three destination cities they would like to visit using Southwest Airlines.
Readers were asked, “To which three cities would you most like Southwest Airlines to fly from Charleston?”

Looking at the raw data, the top three first-choice cities were Chicago, Boston and Baltimore, respectively.

Though Southwest flies to Midway International Airport, which is about 10 miles from downtown Chicago, the company doesn’t fly to O’Hare International Airport. The Chicago Department of Aviation operates both facilities.

Percentage of votes for Southwest Airlines destination cities

City
Baltimore
Boston
Chicago
Dallas
Miami
Orlando
Philadelphia 
First choice
15.1%
17.3%
23.4%
11.1%
13.5%
11.5%
8.1%
Second choice
10.5%
18.6%
20.9%
16.2%
16.2%
10.5%
7.2%
Third choice
12.0%
18.0%
15.9%
15.9%
14.4%
14.6%
9.2%

Other destinations
Readers were also asked to name their own cities, and hundreds of readers offered their personal favorites, including a few places Southwest doesn’t fly. Denver, New York, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., and Nashville, Tenn., seemed to lead the pack.

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With my daughter and her family living in Chicago, this is GREAT news for our family! 🙂

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