Southwest Airlines pulling out of small markets

Southwest Airlines is pulling out of some of its smaller markets, which is a departure from the airline’s historical approach to operating, USA Today reports.

The airline has announced that it is discontinuing flights to Jackson, Miss., Branson Mo., and Key West, Fla., according to the report.

The announcement comes as Southwest is acquiring six of the flight pairs at New York’s LaGuardia Airport that the federal government is forcing US Airways and American Airlines to give up in exchange for approving their merger.

The report said Southwest is focusing on finishing its online integration, with AirTran Airways, so the airline does not plan to expand to new airports much in 2014.

In addition to the New York flights and AirTran’s destination, Southwest has additionally added service in recent months to Boston, Denver, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, according to the report.