Southwest Airlines (WN, Dallas Love Field) has announced it will open a new crew base at Nashville International in the second quarter of 2024.

The low-cost carrier expects the base to launch with around 150-250 pilots but could grow to 500-600 pilots and up to 700 cabin crew.

Nashville will be Southwest's twelfth crew base in the United States. The LCC is already the largest operator at the airport, with a 51.2% market share by scheduled weekly departure capacity. It operates 910 weekly departures from Nashville International on 53 routes. The current network makes Nashville the eighth most-served airport in Southwest's network, with a 3.3% share of the airline's total weekly departure capacity.

The airline did not say whether the base opening would lead to network growth.

Currently, the only scheduled carriers with bases at Nashville airport are Allegiant Air and Contour Airlines, the ch-aviation PRO airports module shows.