Metro brief: Southwest Airlines to begin negotiations at Dulles Airport

Starting in the fall, low-cost airline carrier Southwest Airlines is starting negotiations to begin flights in and out of Dulles International Airport, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The airline hopes to announce fares and schedules this summer.

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly cited Northern Virginia's growing population and customer base as reason for the new air routes. Southwest is seeking only two gates at Dulles while already operating 165 daily departures from Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

The move comes in the wake of Independence Air ending operation last fall, leaving the Northern Virginia area without a low-cost airline, according to The Washington Post.

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