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Southwest Airlines to hold news conference about starting up in Memphis

(WMC-TV) – Many Mid-Southerners looking forward to cheaper plane tickets finally have one more option. Southwest Airlines is open for business in Memphis.

The Southwest Airlines' brand new sign is up at Memphis International, directing people to the company's new gate.

On Monday, Southwest officials will hold a news conference about starting up in Memphis.

The very first flight arrived at Memphis International Airport on Sunday from Chicago. The event included lots of fanfare, including a water cannon salute and an Elvis tribute artist.

It also had passengers excited about Southwest bargains in the bluff city.

Action News 5 was there and asked Karan Gill, who flew inaugural flight, if she thought she was saving money.

"Oh absolutely, absolutely! I mean we've seen the prices, the airfares here the last few years, just going thru the roof," Gill said.

Mary Glenn also flew in Southwest's inaugural flight. She said, "I think I booked 21 days in advance so the rate was, I can't even compare it to the other airlines."

Southwest begins in Memphis with six flights going to five destinations, which links passengers with almost 90 cities around the country.

Action News 5 is covering the airline's Monday news conference and will have the latest tonight at 5.

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