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(WMC-TV) – Katie Carr and her husband are visiting Memphis from Omaha, NE.

"My husband's here for something related to his work," said Carr.

They drove this time.  But they frequently fly Southwest when traveling elsewhere by air.

"From the price standpoint, competitive fares, and the fact that Southwest serves smaller markets," said Carr about why she chooses Southwest.

Carr believes Memphians will enjoy the cheaper flights once Southwest begins limited service at Memphis International later this year.  Apparently, they already have plans to expand.

"We found Southwest's appetite remains strong," said Memphis International Airport Authority board chairman Jack Sammons.

Sammons flew with other airport officials this week to Dallas for a meeting with Southwest.

"If the support is enthusiastic, then ultimately they could become the largest carrier from our airport," said Sammons.

Sammons said the low-cost airline's interest broadened after Delta's recent decision to de-hub Memphis.

"But it's important the people of this region support the service they provide," said Sammons.

The entry of Southwest in other markets has proven disruptive, at first.  But Sammons believes there is now room for everyone, regardless of how far Southwest spreads its wings.   

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