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SOUTHWEST SPEEDS PLANS FOR S.L. FLIGHTS

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Come Oct. 4, the final chapter of Morris Air will be penned as South-west Airlines begins its Salt Lake City service.

Airport officials said Southwest has reserved five gates at the Salt Lake International Airport and will offer 41 flights daily.The flight schedule includes nonstop service to 13 cities, including St. Louis, Los Angeles and Seattle. Additional direct or con-necting flights from Salt Lake City will connect northern Utah with 37 cities, such as Boise, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

"We are proud to continue the legacy of low fares that Morris Air brought to the Salt Lake City market," said Ron Ricks, Southwest's vice president of governmental affairs.

Morris Air has operated as a subsidiary of Southwest Airlines since the Utah operation was purchased for approximately $129 million last December.

The airline will employ about 110 people at the Salt Lake International Airport when operations are fully staffed. Southwest recently opened its Utah Reservation Center, which employs nearly 600 people.

Southwest Airlines is the nation's seventh-largest carrier in terms of passengers carried and operates one of the newest all-jet fleets in the domestic airline industry. On average, its aircraft are seven years old.

When Southwest Airlines purchased Morris Air, officials estimated a two- to three-year conversion period. Because the airlines are so similar in operation, the transition has occurred faster than anticipated.

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S.L. airport raising parking rates July 1

Parking rates at the Salt Lake International Airport will be going up July 1.

The Airport Authority Board approved the rate hike Wednesday morning after the Salt Lake City Council decided to put a 2 percent tax on private parking lots near the airport. To park in short-term parking the maximum daily rate will rise from $7 to $8. The hourly rate will remain unchanged, according to Louis Miller, airport executive director.

The daily rate for long-term parking will rise from $3.50 to $4. The weekly rate for long-term parking will rise from $17.50 to $20.