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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

Robert W. Kneisley Associate General Counsel 1901 L Street, N.W. Suite 640 Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 263-6284 (202) 263-6291 Fax bob.kneisley@wnco.com

_______________________________________________________________________________ December 19, 2012 Filed in the Docket Electronically The Honorable Susan Kurland Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590 Re: Application of Southwest Airlines Co. for Within-Perimeter Slot Exemptions (DCA-HOU); Docket DOT-OST-2000-7182 (Part 3 of 3)

Dear Ms. Kurland: Please find attached the third of three parts of a packet of letters (61 in total) in support of Southwest Airlines application for two within-perimeter slot exemptions for DCA-HOU-ABQ service. This submission includes additional letters from national organizations and major businesses that would benefit from an expanded Southwest presence at DCA and particularly new DCA-HOU-ABQ service.

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_____________________ Robert W. Kneisley

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Letters Supporting Southwest Airlines Proposed DCA HOU ABQ Service PART I (*sent via a separate submission) Federal Officials 1.) 2.) Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Senator John Cornyn Texas Congressional Delegation Representatives Pete Olson, Gene Green, Ted Poe, Charles Gonzalez, John Culberson, Sheila Jackson Lee, Michael McCaul, Blake Farenthold, Francisco Quico Canseco, Mac Thornberry, John Carter, Lamar Smith, Sam Johnson, Joe Barton, Randy Neugebauer, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Kay Granger, Bill Flores, Michael Burgess, Louie Gohmert, Ruben Hinojosa, Henry Cuellar, Michael Conaway, Ralph Hall, Kenny Marchant, Al Green, and Pete Sessions New Mexico Congressional Delegation Senator Jeff Bingaman, Senator Tom Udall, Senator-elect and Rep. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Steve Pearce and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan

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State Officials 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 10.) 11.) 12.) 13.) 14.) Texas Governor Rick Perry Texas State Representative Garnet Coleman Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis Texas State Representative Sylvester Turner Texas State Representative Harold V. Dutton, Jr. Texas State Representative Senfronia Thompson Texas State Representative Dr. Alma A. Allen Texas State Representative Jessica Farrar Texas State Representative Ana Hernandez Luna New Mexico State Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela

PART II (*sent via a separate submission) Local Officials 15.) 16.) 17.) 18.) 19.) 20.) 21.) 22.) 23.) 24.) 25.) Houston Mayor Annise Parker Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry Houston Mayor Pro-Tem and Council Member Ed Gonzalez Houston City Council Member Andrew C. Burks, Jr. Houston City Council Member Jack Christie, D.C. Houston City Council Member James Rodriguez Houston City Council Member Melissa Noriega Houston City Council Member Larry V. Green Houston City Council Member Stephen C. Costello Houston City Council Member Ellen R. Cohen Mario Diaz, Director of Aviation, Houston Airports System

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James D. Hinde, Director of Aviation, City of Albuquerque/ABQ Airport

State/Regional Organizations 27.) 28.) 29.) 30.) 31.) 32.) 33.) 34.) 35.) 36.) 37.) Greater Houston Partnership Houston Area Urban League Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Tri-County Black Chamber of Commerce Texas Travel Industry Association Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Greater Hobby Area Chamber of Commerce Houston East End Chamber of Commerce Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Association of Commerce & Industry of New Mexico

PART III (*contained herein) National Organizations 38.) 39.) 40.) 41.) 42.) 43.) 44.) 45.) 46.) 47.) 48.) 49.) 50.) 51.) 52.) 53.) 54.) Transportation Workers Union of America (TWU) Local 556 Southwest Airlines Pilots Association International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (Dora Cervantes, Assistant Secretary) United States Hispanic Leadership Institute VotoLatino Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Council for Opportunity in Education Latino Leaders Network Earth Day Network US Business Leadership Network Dialogue on Diversity Organization of Chinese Americans Japanese American Citizens League America Society on Aging National Asian American Coalition Asian American & Pacific Islander Association of Colleges & Universities National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Major Companies/Institutions 55.) 56.) 57.) 58.) 59.) 60.) 61.) University of Texas System George Washington University BMC Software Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I) Blue Bell Creameries, L.P. SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc. Winstead, P.C.

December 12, 2012 The Honorable Raymond H. LaHood Secretary of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. Washington, DC 20590 Re: Docket DOT-OST-2000-7182 Dear Secretary LaHood: As President of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI), a Chicago-based national nonprofit organization with an executive office in Washington, DC, I am writing to respectfully convey my strong support for Southwest Airlines and its application for two slot exemptions at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which Southwest would use to begin daily nonstop service between DCA and Houston Hobby Airport (Hobby). Today there is no scheduled air service between DCA and Hobby. USHLI is a member of a coalition of 30 national and regional policy advocacy organizations representing the Latino community and serving most of its 50 million people. Coalition members utilize DCA frequently to meet our travel needs. And, as part of a 16-member association of national organizations that focus on corporate responsibility, USHLI and our association members that frequently utilize DCA have endured inadequate travel options and high ticket prices for years. Basically the Houston-DCA market is underserved and overpriced. As the nations largest low-cost airline, Southwest is in position to provide significant consumer benefits in this important market. Since 1971 Southwest has engendered the highest degree of consumer confidence for consistently lowering ticket prices and stimulating more passenger traffic in the markets it enters. Offering more competition, lower airfares and the use of a 143-seat aircraft, Southwests proposed service is projected to attract tens-of-thousands of new passengers and generate millions of dollars in consumer benefits annually in the DCA-Houston market. And business and leisure travelers would also benefit if Southwest is able to bring low-fare competition to the Houston-DCA market. For these reasons, I respectfully urge the Department of Transportation to approve the application by Southwest Airlines for two slot exemptions at DCA in the above-referenced proceeding. Sincerely, Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr President

431 S. Dearborn St. Suite 1203 Chicago, IL 60605-1152 Phone 312-427-8683 Fax 312-427-5183

December 12, 2012 The Honorable Ray LaHood Secretary of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. Washington, DC 20590 Re: Docket No. DOT-OST-2000-7182

Dear Secretary LaHood: I am writing to you on behalf of my organization and my constituents at Voto Latino Inc., the nation's leading non-profit working to educate, empower, and engage young Latinos ages 18-35. In the interest of promoting airline competition, affordable airfares and greater access between the Nations Capital and Greater Houston, I respectfully request the Department of Transportation to approve Southwest Airlines (Southwests) application for two slot exemptions at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Southwest proposes to use these slot exemption to begin daily nonstop service between DCA and Houston Hobby Airport (Hobby). Today, there is no scheduled air service between DCA and Hobby. The Houston-DCA market is underserved and overpriced. As the Nations largest low-cost airline, Southwest is well suited to provide significant consumer benefits in this important market. Since 1971, Southwest has a proven track record of lowering ticket prices and stimulating more passenger traffic in the markets it enters. Through new competition, lower airfares, and the use of a 143-seat aircraft, Southwests proposed service is projected to attract tens-of-thousand of new passengers and generate millions of dollars of consumer benefits annually in the DCA-Houston market. Business and leisure travelers stand to benefit if Southwest is able to bring low-fare competition to the Houston-DCA market. Again, I respectfully request that the Department of Transportation approve Southwests application for two slot exemptions at DCA. Thank you in advance for your consideration of this important matter. Sincerely,

Maria Teresa Kumar President

US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) 1310 Braddock Place, Suite 101 Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone: (800) 706-2710 Fax: (800) 706-1335 info@usbln.org www.usbln.org

December 11, 2012 The Honorable Raymond H. LaHood Secretary of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. Washington, DC 20590 Re: Docket No. DOT-OST-2000-7182

Dear Secretary LaHood: On behalf of the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN), we write in strong support of Southwest Airlines' application for two slot exemptions at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Southwest proposes to begin daily nonstop service between Houston Hobby Airport (Hobby) and Washington DC's only downtown airport. As a major U.S. company headquartered in Houston, our employees frequently fly to Washington, DC. Today, nonstop access to DCA is limited to service from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), located 22 miles north from downtown Houston. From IAH, only one airline serves the Houston-DCA market. With its application, Southwest proposes to operate a new nonstop flight between DCA and Hobby, which is situated 12 miles south of downtown Houston. A nonstop Hobby-DCA flight will not only be convenient for our team, it will create much needed competition in this important market and, with it, lower average ticket prices and improved service options for Houston-based travelers. Southwest has served Houston for over 41 years and is a strong partner in our community. Undoubtedly, a Southwestoperated Hobby-DCA flight will create significant consumer benefits for Greater Houston. For this reason, we respectfully ask the Department of Transportation to approve Southwest's application. Thank you, in advance, for your consideration of our organization's views in this important matter.

Sincerely,

Deb Russell USBLN Board Chair


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Jill D. Houghton USBLN Executive Director


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December 15, 2012 The Honorable Ray LaHood Secretary of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. Washington, D.C. 20590 Dear Mr. Secretary: Dialogue on Diversity, of which I am president, a non-profit educational organization, is proud to have been associated with Southwest Airlines for several years as a Community Partner. We have utilized the companys excellent air services, moreover, for travel in connection with our organizations work. It is our understanding that Southwest Airlines has requested permission for the use of certain now available slots at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), for proposed use in service to the Hobby Airport at Houston, Texas. It appears that at this time perhaps surprisingly no direct air service between these two major air terminals is available. Southwest, in seeking use of the slots, would offer quite admirable services and would do so under a notably economical fare structure. This would offer relief from a state of affairs in which this route is badly underserved by air transport services, and in particular air transport at the economical rates Southwest is in a position to offer. The stimulus of vigorous competition, together with the relatively low fares that would be on offer for the traveling public through the entry of Southwest Airlines on this important route, would evidently redound greatly to the advantage of travelers, business and pleasure passengers alike, seeking to use a D.C. Houston service. The availability of low-cost service, moreover, would significantly enlarge the volume of passengers (an increase annually in aggregate passenger trips estimated by the airline to be in the range of tens of thousands to be accommodated by use of relatively large, 143-passenger aircraft), with a benefit to the flying community that would measure some millions of dollars in welfare enhancement to the national economy. In view of the above we respectfully ask that the Department of Transportation give favorable consideration to the request of Southwest Airlines with respect to the DCA slots being sought for the DCA - Houston Hobby route. We will be appreciative of your consideration. Sincerely, Ma. Cristina Caballero President/CEO

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December 13, 2012 The Honorable Raymond H. LaHood Secretary of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. Washington, DC 20590 Re: Docket No. DOT-OST-2000-7182

Dear Secretary LaHood: On behalf of OCA, a national membership driven civil rights organization representing all Asian Pacific Americans in the United States, headquartered in Washington, DC, it is my pleasure to express our support of Southwest Airlines (Southwests) application to begin daily nonstop service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Houston Hobby Airport (Hobby). Southwest has not only been an important part of the Greater Houston community for over 40 years but a strong supporter of our constituencies made up of 80 chapters and affiliates across the country. Southwest continues to grow in Houston, and now operates over 140 daily departures at Hobby to over three dozen cities throughout the United States. This increased capacity in Houston is particularly of interest to our constituency since Houston has a very robust APA population including OCA advocates. DCA is one of the few major airports not served directly by Southwest from Hobby. In fact, no airline flies directly between DCA and Hobby. It is long overdue for Houstons downtown airport and Washington, DCs downtown airport to be linked with daily nonstop air service. Through new DCA-Houston service, Southwest proposes to attract tens-of-thousands of new passengers and generate millions of dollars of consumer benefits annually in the DCA-Houston market. Moreover, these expansions provide more access to lower fares to our cost conscious constituencies some of whom have had to make tremendous financial sacrifices to survive the recession in the last four years. Air travel in the 21st century is no longer a luxury. It is very much a necessity, yet it is often very expensive. While our country continues to struggle through a lackluster economy, incurring additional costs due to limited choices in accessing air travel will continue to significantly impact individuals as well as businesses alike. Given that our members from all across the country also fly Southwest on OCA and non-OCA travel, the additional lines will better serve our constituents. For these reasons, I respectfully ask the Department of Transportation to approve Southwests application. As one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the United States, Greater Houston is deserving of more affordable and frequent access to/from the Nations Capital. Thank you for your consideration of this request. Sincerely,

Ken Lee President

JAPANESE AMERICAN CITIZENS LEAGUE


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December 7, 2012 The Honorable Ray LaHood Secretary of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. Washington, DC 20590 Re: Docket No. DOT-OST-2000-7182

Dear Secretary LaHood: In the interest of promoting airline competition, affordable airfares and greater access between the Nations Capital and Greater Houston, I respectfully request the Department of Transportation approve Southwest Airlines (Southwests) application for two slot exemptions at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Southwest proposes to use these slot exemption to begin daily nonstop service between DCA and Houston Hobby Airport (Hobby). Today, there is no scheduled air service between DCA and Hobby. Southwest is the official airline of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the nation. JACL represents over 10,000 members. As the Nations largest low-cost airline, Southwest is well suited to provide significant consumer benefits in this important market. Since 1971, Southwest has a proven track record of lowering ticket prices and stimulating more passenger traffic in the markets it enters. Business and leisure travelers, and our members and staff, stand to benefit if Southwest is able to bring low-fare competition to the Houston-DCA market. I respectfully request that the Department of Transportation approve Southwests application for two slot exemptions at DCA. Thank you for your consideration of this important matter. Sincerely,

Priscilla A. Ouchida Executive Director Japanese American Citizens League

December 11, 2012 The Honorable Ray LaHood Secretary of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. Washington, DC 20590 Re: Docket No. DOT-OST-2000-7182

Dear Secretary LaHood: In the interest of promoting airline competition, affordable airfares and greater access between the Nations Capital and Greater Houston, I respectfully request the Department of Transportation to approve Southwest Airlines (Southwests) application for two slot exemptions at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Southwest proposes to use these slot exemption to begin daily nonstop service between DCA and Houston Hobby Airport (Hobby). Today, there is no scheduled air service between DCA and Hobby. The Houston-DCA market is underserved and overpriced. As the Nations largest low-cost airline, Southwest is well suited to provide significant consumer benefits in this important market. Since 1971, Southwest Airlines has a proven track record of lowering ticket prices and stimulating more passenger traffic in the markets it enters. Their low cost fares benefit our 10,000 members and stakeholders who fly to Washington, D.C. to lobby on behalf of older Americans and their families. Through new competition, lower airfares, and the use of a 143-seat aircraft, Southwests proposed service is projected to attract tens-of-thousands of new passengers and generate millions of dollars of consumer benefits annually in the DCA-Houston market. Business and leisure travelers stand to benefit if Southwest is able to bring low-fare competition to the Houston-DCA market. Again, we respectfully request that the Department of Transportation approve Southwests application for two slot exemptions at DCA. Thank you in advance for your consideration of this important matter. Sincerely,

Robert G. Stein President & CEO American Society on Aging 71 Stevenson Street, Suite 1450 San Francisco, CA 94105-2938

Carole A. Anderson Vice President of Education American Society on Aging 71 Stevenson Street, Suite 1450 San Francisco, CA 94105-2938

ABOUT ASA: Founded in 1954, the American Society on Aging is an association of diverse individuals bound by a common goal: to support the commitment and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families. The membership of ASA is a multidisciplinary array of professionals who are concerned with the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual aspects of aging. Members include practitioners, educators, administrators, policymakers, business people, researchers, students, and many others. No other organization in the field of aging represents the diversity of settings and professional disciplines reached by ASA.

December 18, 2012 The Honorable Ray LaHood Secretary of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. Washington, DC 20590 Re: Docket No. DOT-OST-2000-7182 Dear Secretary LaHood: On behalf of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), we write in strong support of Southwest Airlines' application for two slot exemptions at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Southwest proposes to begin daily nonstop service between Houston Hobby Airport (Hobby) and Washington DC's only downtown airport. As a national organization representing the LGBT business community, many of our members and partners are located in Houston and frequently fly to Washington, DC. Today, nonstop access to DCA is limited to service from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), located 22 miles north from downtown Houston. From IAH, only one airline serves the Houston-DCA market. With its application, Southwest proposes to operate a new nonstop flight between DCA and Hobby, which is situated 12 miles south of downtown Houston. A nonstop Hobby-DCA flight will not only be convenient for our members and partners, it will create much needed competition in this important market and, with it, lower average ticket prices and improved service options for Houston-based travelers. Southwest has served Houston for over 41 years and is a strong partner in the LGBT business community. Undoubtedly, a Southwest-operated Hobby-DCA flight will create significant consumer benefits for Greater Houston. For this reason, we respectfully ask the Department of Transportation to approve Southwest's application. Thank you, in advance, for your consideration of the NGLCCs views in this important matter. Sincerely,

Justin G. Nelson Co-Founder and President

Chance Mitchell Co-Founder and CEO

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December 13, 2012 The Honorable Raymond H. LaHood Secretary of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. Washington, DC 20590 Re: Docket No. DOT-OST-2000-7182 Dear Secretary LaHood: I write in strong support of Southwest Airlines' (Southwest's) application to begin daily nonstop service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Houston Hobby Airport (Hobby). Southwest has been an important part of the Greater Houston community for over 40 years. Southwest continues to grow in Houston, and now operates over 140 daily departures at Hobby to over three dozen cities throughout the United States. DCA is one of the few major airports not served directly by Southwest from Hobby. In fact, no airline flies directly between DCA and Hobby. It is long overdue for Houston's downtown airport and Washington, DC's downtown airport to be linked with daily nonstop air service. Through new DCA-Houston service, Southwest proposes to attract tens-ofthousand of new passengers and generate millions of dollars of consumer benefits annually in the DCA-Houston market. For these reasons, I respectfully ask the Department of Transportation to approve Southwest's application. As one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the United States, Greater Houston is deserving of more affordable and frequent access to/from the Nation's Capital. Thank you for your consideration of this request.
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