MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Midland- Odessa Transportation Alliance luncheon with Southwest airlines discussed expanding flight opportunities in and out of Midland International airport.

“One of the things that’s always important is to stay on top of things. And to look for those opportunities whether that’s adding additional flights or adding flights to new destinations all those sorts of things to help serve your market. And really keep you connected to the world around you,” said President of MOTRAN, James Beauchamp.

Beauchamp hinted they have certain cities on they’re priority list a majority of people would like to bring back.

“One thing that a lot of people talk about is the Austin market. We used to have a direct flight up to about 2009 here that went to Austin and a lot of people would like to see that back. There used to be a direct flight to Albuquerque t There used to be a direct flight to El Paso and so I know there are other people that have mentioned that as interest,” said Beauchamp.

Today’s meeting not only discusses additional flights out of Southwest Airlines but also ways to make flights more affordable.

“In the airline industry, the rail industry you have to get started ahead of time to ultimately be in there. We think that there will be some opportunities within this year and next year and we just want to be on their radar,” said Beauchamp.

The luncheon took place at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum.

Beauchamp continues, “Lot of competition out there. But when you look at the growth that we have going on in the Permian Basin, particulary Midland/Odessa today, we think we can compete on that level. It’s a matter of getting out there and making that case and following through on that case and helping them figure out how they can fill that plane.”

Some possible destinations that may get added are El Paso, Albuquerque and Austin.