Who says penguins can’t fly?
Pete and Penny, a pair of penguins who make their home at SeaWorld San Diego, were scheduled to take a trip to a colder clime, courtesy of Southwest Airlines Co., on Shamu One, its specialty aircraft, and you could say they were dressed for the occasion.
The junket was to celebrate Southwest’s five new nonstop daily flights scheduled to fly from San Diego to Denver beginning April 4.
Plans for the 7:30 a.m. event included food, games, giveaways and prizes at gates 1 and 2 adjacent to Southwest’s ticket counter in Terminal 1 at Lindbergh Field Airport.
According to Southwest.com, the airline’s online reservation site, a special $99 one-way fare was advertised from San Diego to Denver with a return trip at the same rate for travel from April 8 through June 25 flying on Tuesdays or Wednesdays only.
Reservations must be booked 14 days in advance and by April 17. On April 3, the reservation site showed that seating was available on several flights.
For travel to Denver on April 4, returning to San Diego on April 6, the Web-advertised one-way rate was $239 for “business select” class and $219 for “business” class.
Southwest, which has the lion’s share of Lindbergh Field’s market, began service in San Diego in 1982 with six daily flights. It now serves more than 100 daily nonstop flights to 17 destinations from San Diego, including the five new daily nonstop flights to Denver.
, Connie Lewis