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HARTSFIELD-JACKSON | Southwest is finally here!

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The long-awaited arrival of Southwest Airlines happened Sunday morning as flights began to depart Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Southwest has long-sought a presence at the world's busiest airport. The airline's entry was facilitated by their purchase of AirTran Airways, which has, along with Delta Air Lines, been the carrier with one of the largest hubs at Hartsfield-Jackson.

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One Southwest passenger told 11Alive News Sunday, "I don't have to drive to Birmingham anymore!" 

AirTran plans to continue offering service through the summer months.

Southwest's noted low prices, lack of baggage fees and distinctive customer service are certain to make a mark on passengers flying through Atlanta.

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