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Southwest Airlines' Rink At Park Tavern Opens Thanksgiving Day

Families Can Enjoy Ice Skating Through Winter Months

ATLANTA, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Thanksgiving Day will mark the opening of the new Southwest Rink at Park Tavern. This fall, Southwest Airlines announced a new partnership with Park Tavern, the historic restaurant at beautiful Piedmont Park, which includes a new outdoor seating area called the Southwest Porch and re-branding of the annual ice skating rink located at the Tavern. 

All skaters who have their photo taken at the rink and post it to the Southwest Airlines Facebook page are entered into a contest to win a pair of tickets to any of the 78 destinations served by Southwest Airlines. The cost of skating is $15, which includes skate rental. Tickets are available at http://www.parktavern.com/about/swarink/ or in person at the rink. The rink will be open from 4:30 p.m. to midnight during the week, with adults-only hours beginning at 9 p.m. The rink opens at 10:30 a.m. on weekends, with adults-only skating from 9 p.m. to midnight. All holiday activities continue whether rain or shine, and Park Tavern offers "pouring" specials inside during inclement weather.  

The Southwest Rink at Park Tavern offers modern amenities for day and night skating, including a heated tent, a state of the art sound system, and rink-side dining. After enjoying the fun on the ice, skaters can warm up with hot chocolate and s'mores by the fireplace. The Southwest Rink has high quality leather hockey skates made by Bauer available for rent. This skate is perfect for beginners or anyone getting back on the ice. 

Visitors can also enjoy Piedmont Park's 2nd annual Season of Magic, which has relocated to the southeast corner of the park near Park Tavern. The Season of Magic includes daily horse-drawn carriage rides in Piedmont Park, the only Atlanta park to offer these. During the rides, visitors are carried through the historic areas of the Park, enjoying beautiful holiday lights and ornaments under the scenic Atlanta skyline. Rides are available every ten minutes from 4:00 p.m. to 10:40 p.m. daily. Each ride is approximately 20 minutes in length. Infants (0-2 years old) ride free. 

During Season of Magic, visitors can also enjoy carousel rides or romantic strolls through the festive Park. Tickets for both the carriage and carrousel rides are available at Park Tavern. The Piedmont Park Conservancy also is offering corporate cocktail party packages throughout the season, hosted in Magnolia Hall. 

The Conservancy conducts the Season of Magic in partnership with the City of Atlanta. All funds raised through the program will directly benefit the ongoing maintenance and security of historic Piedmont Park.

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
In its 42nd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually.  Southwest is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries.  Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People and Planet.  To read about how Southwest is doing its part to be a good corporate citizen, visit southwest.com/citizenship to read the Southwest Airlines One Report™.

Southwest Airlines
From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel quantified by the U.S. Department of Transportation as "The Southwest Effect," a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves.  On every flight, Southwest offers Customers the first two pieces of checked luggage (weight and size limitations apply) and all ticket changes without additional fees. Southwest's all Boeing fleet consistently offers leather seating and the comfort of full-size cabins, many of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi connectivity and a new, eco-friendly cabin interior.  With 39 consecutive years of profitability, the People of Southwest operate more than 3,100 flights a day and serve communities around 78 airports in Southwest's network of domestic destinations.  Southwest Airlines' frequent flights and low fares are available only at southwest.com.

AirTran Airways
AirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co., offers coast-to-coast and near-international service with close to 600 flights a day to 54 destinations.  The carrier's high-quality product includes assigned seating and Business Class. As Southwest continues to integrate AirTran's People, places, and planes into Southwest Airlines, Customers of both carriers may book flights at airtran.com and exchange earned loyalty points between both AirTran's A+ Rewards® and Southwest's Rapid Rewards® for reward travel on either airline.

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