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Huntsville Airport is Publicly Wooing Southwest & It’s Pretty Cute

Huntsville Airport is Publicly Wooing Southwest & It’s Pretty Cute
Jennifer Billock

The airport in Huntsville, Alabama, was just ranked the nation’s best small airport, and now they’re trying to capitalize on that fame—by attempting to digitally woo Southwest Airlines into becoming a permanent fixture at the airport. It’s a Twitter love-fest, people. Check it out before the campaign ends.

Huntsville, Alabama’s airport is on a winning streak. It was recently voted as the best small airport in the nation—and Huntsville International Airport wants to use that momentum to woo the nation’s best airline: low-cost carrier Southwest.

Flirting on Twitter (Twirting?)

Huntsville International Airport is trying to flirt with Southwest on Twitter, hoping to catch their attention enough to pull them into the airport as one of their stops. The airport’s social media team is spending every day until Valentine’s Day on a campaign to sweet talk Southwest.

“18 days from today will be the Day of Love — Valentine’s Day,” the airport tweeted. “All the hearts, all the love and all the kisses but @FlyHSV doesn’t want to wait another minute to show @SouthwestAir what you could mean to us … we have so much LUV to give. #HSVWantsSouthwest #NeverGiveUpOnLUV.”

Even the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama is getting in on the action, tweeting to Southwest, “@SouthwestAir you’re an Accredited Business, @FlyHSV is an Accredited Business AND both you secured #1 spots from @USATODAY. We think the signs are pretty obvious, don’t you!?”

Why it Might Not Happen

The airline has responded to a few Twitter please for Southwest to come to Huntsville—and sadly, they appear to be shutting down the flirtation.

“Hey, Ricky!” Southwest tweeted at one user. “While we don’t currently have plans to offer service to Huntsville, you never know what the future holds! Still, we’ll be glad to welcome you onboard when your travel includes the cities we serve. -Tayler”

And then Southwest tweeted this to another Twitter user:

“Hey Chante – We don’t have plans to offer service to Huntsville, but we’d still love to welcome you onboard soon! -Kayla”

The problem, it seems is Birmingham and Nashville. Both are within 150 miles of Huntsville, and both are Southwest destinations already. But Rick Tucker, the airport’s CEO is confident that even if Southwest decides not to land at Huntsville, other airlines are likely open to being romanced.

“I’m confident,” Tucker told Al.com, “that our marketing people who work daily with all of the airlines that currently serve us, the ones we’re trying to attract, I’m sure they’ve already sent this out to them to let them know that we’re No. 1.”

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