The Kansas City Chiefs are making their first Super Bowl appearance in 50 years and Southwest Airlines is adding nonstop flights between Kansas City, Missouri and Fort Lauderdale, Florida to accommodate Chiefs fans.
The Super Bowl will be played in Miami, a short drive from Fort Lauderdale, on Feb. 2. Kansas City defeated the Tennessee Titans to earn a trip to Miami to play the San Francisco 49ers in the championship of professional American football.
Southwest is also adding service from San Jose, California to Fort Lauderdale to accommodate fans of the 49ers, which play their home games in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers most recently played in the Super Bowl eight years ago.
Southwest will boost its Kansas City to Fort Lauderdale nonstop service from three to five flights on Jan. 31 and will similarly increase nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale to Kansas City on Feb. 3. The airline will add a nonstop flight from San Jose to Fort Lauderdale on Jan 31; normally it only operates one-stop or multiple connections service between San Jose and Fort Lauderdale. It will fly nonstop between Fort Lauderdale and San Jose on Feb. 3. Southwest is an all-Boeing 737 operator.
American Airlines and JetBlue Airways said they also plan additional flights to Miami and Fort Lauderdale, respectively, for the Super Bowl.