UPDATE 5:27 PM 8/12/12: Akron/Canton Airport is now a Southwest Airlines destination.
"CAK" has a long history with AirTran, which is now a part of Southwest, but the first Southwest-branded planes started flying into the airport in Green on Sunday.
A non-passenger flight Saturday was greeted by a tarmac party at the airport.
Southwest will run two round-trips between Akron/Canton and Chicago Midway airport, and takes over a round-trip between the local airport and Denver.
AirTran's flights continue at Akron/Canton, though eventually everything will be under the Southwest name.
Southwest continues its flight schedule out of Cleveland Hopkins Airport.
Southwest Airlines has landed at Akron-Canton Airport.
The airport welcomed a special flight from Chicago Saturday afternoon, that landed at about 2:30.
Akron-Canton Airport was holding a tarmac party to welcome the flight, which was not carrying fare paying passengers.
Southwest passenger service between CAK and two airports, Chicago Midway and Denver, will begin officially on Sunday.
AirTran, now a subsidiary of Southwest, will continue its regular passenger schedule out of the airport on the Summit/Stark County border.
Southwest Airlines also continues flights out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.