updated 3/8/2007 3:55:18 PM ET 2007-03-08T20:55:18

Southwest Airlines announced Thursday it is adding 18 flights in 15 cities this summer as the discount carrier expands its fleet of aircraft.

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Starting in June, Southwest will have daily nonstop flights between Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Providence, R.I., as well as between Houston’s Hobby Airport and San Diego.

On June 17, the airline said it would begin five new daily nonstop roundtrip flights between Denver and Oakland, Calif.

By Aug. 4, Southwest will have one new daily nonstop roundtrip between Baltimore and Oklahoma City, as well as an additional daily nonstop roundtrip between Baltimore and St. Louis, for a total of five daily.

The Dallas-based company’s fleet will grow by between 7 percent and 8 percent this year with the addition of 37 new Boeing 737s, Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly said.

“We have already announced that we will begin service in San Francisco later this year, and we will continue to add routes within our existing network,” he said in a release.

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