Friday, May 31, 2013

Gulf Shores Now Serviced by New Airlines

Southwest Airlines and Southern Airways Express Offering Daily Non-Stop Flights

(GULF SHORES, Ala.) – Gulf Shores – the 32 mile stretch of sugar sand beaches and home to nine signature golf courses – is now being serviced by Southwest Airlines and Southern Airways Express featuring daily non-stop flights.

Southwest Airlines will begin flights directly to Gulf Shores via Pensacola International Airport (PNS) later this year.  The flight schedule will include nonstop service and represent a 22% increase in seat capacity over the existing service.

The number of one-stop destinations served will increase to 65 including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Orlando, Fla. Tampa, Fla. and Charlotte, N.C.  Bags fly free on Southwest and there are no fees to change flight reservations.

Gulf Shores will also now be serviced by Memphis-based Southern Airways Express, which is slated to start flying out of Jack Edwards Airport in late May.  The airline will feature daily non-stop flights to and from Memphis, Tenn., New Orleans and Birmingham, Ala.

The airline offers numerous perks including no baggage or parking fees and no TSA security hassles.  Passengers will be able to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.  The airline will offer complimentary iPads with preloaded movies available to passengers during the flight and fares will range from $129 to $249.  Visit for more information.

“These flights are opening up more opportunities for visitors to come to Gulf Shores and experience the many activities the destination offers,” said Gulf Shores Golf Association Executive Director Duncan Millar.  “With short flights, cheaper airfare and no baggage fees, this is a perfect option for golfers to spend a weekend away playing a few rounds on our pristine courses.”

The Gulf Shores Golf Association is the collection of nine highly acclaimed golf courses located within a 45-minute ride of each other.  The area also provides a variety of non-golf, outdoor activities including ziplining, kayaking and deep sea fishing.

Below is a sampling of "starting-at,” family-friendly, stay-and-play rates, good from Aug. 5- Dec. 1. Prices include taxes and fees and are based on four nights and three rounds of golf at three pre-determined courses. An Unlimited Golf option is available at a nominal fee with any package:

Two-Bedroom Gulf Oriented Condominium
Rate: $71.91 per person, per night for golf and room
Description: Quad occupancy in a two bedroom gulf oriented condominium with one queen bed, two twin beds and a sleeper sofa.

Double Queen Gulf Front Resort Hotel
Rate: $97.75 per person, per night for golf and room
Description: Double occupancy in a gulf front hotel room with two queen beds.

For a customized quote for groups of all sizes call 1.888.815.1902 or visit

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