Southwest Airlines announced Tuesday that it would begin nonstop service to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C., beginning Feb. 1.
Southwest received authority to serve the route after filing a petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation. The request was backed by the Kansas City Mayor Sly James.
In a release from the Kansas City Aviation Department, James said the announcement solidifies Kansas City's reputation as a top-tier, centrally located travel destination.
"People across the world are noticing what Kansas City has to offer, and I fully support Southwest's efforts to increase the volume of crowds coming to our city," James said.
Mark VanLoh, Kansas City's aviation director , said after the city learned another airline would be canceling service to Washington, the city hoped Southwest would be able to step in.
For the first two weeks, AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of Southwest, will operate the flight. After Feb. 15, it will be operated by Southwest.