We are a family of 4, with kids ages 7 and 5. We took a direct flight on Southwest from Albany NY to Orlando FL in February. Direct flights are the way to go. No layover no delays no cranky kids!! I love that they give preference to families. It made it much easier to find seats together. It’s a 2.5hr drive for me to get to that airport but I would rather drive that distance to fly direct than use a closer airport that doesn’t have Southwest!