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Southwest to add flights to Wichita, San Juan

DALLAS (AP) -- Southwest Airlines Co. is going to Wichita, Kan., replacing the service currently operated by AirTran Airways.

Starting June 2, Southwest will fly to Wichita from Chicago, Dallas and Las Vegas, a day after AirTran service on the route ends.

Southwest will also begin flights between Houston's Hobby Airport and New York's LaGuardia; Chicago's Midway Airport and Tulsa, Okla.; and between San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

The Dallas company announced the additions Monday as its released flight schedules for Southwest and its AirTran subsidiary through next Aug. 9.

AirTran, which Southwest expects to absorb in the next few years, will start flights between Tampa, Fla., and both Houston and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., on June 2.

Southwest is the nation's fourth-biggest airline by passenger miles flown.

Southwest shares rose 14 cents to $9.07 in afternoon trading.