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Southwest is expanding at United’s Houston and Chicago hubs

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 takes off from Hollywood Burbank Airport on September 16, 2020 in Burbank, California.

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Southwest Airlines is pushing into United Airlines’ territory.

Dallas-based Southwest on Monday said it plans to add service at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Chicago O’Hare next year, two United hubs and the cities’ larger airports. It marks a strategy shift for the low-cost carrier that has relied mainly on secondary airports in some of the largest U.S. cities. Its operations in those cities are still centered on Houston’s Hobby Airport and Chicago’s Midway International Airport.

The shift comes as airlines rethink their networks after the coronavirus pandemic devastated demand. Business travel has largely been absent, forcing carriers to focus on vacationers with beach and other outdoor destinations.

Southwest isn’t the only carrier to sense opportunity amid the lull in traffic to once-congested airports. Chicago-based

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Southwest Colorado business accelerator unveils 2020 class

The Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs, like many events around Durango, reinvented itself for 2020 to deal with restrictions required by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eight companies, some participating for the second time, were chosen to participate in the program that provides education, mentoring and financing for startup and young companies in Southwest Colorado that hold the potential of growing and bringing in new jobs to the region by exporting their products and services across the country, even the world.

Participating companies have traditionally unveiled their pitch for financing during a banquet that included financing pitches, but with the problematic pathogen still banning meeting of more than 10 people, SCAPE unveiled its eight companies via video investment pitches made on SCAPE’s website.

Elizabeth Marsh, director of SCAPE, said in some ways the 2020 format adds some convenience to investors, who can view the pitches on their own schedules and rewatch

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