Southwest Inaugurates First-Ever International Routes

By Jesse Sokolow on 1 July 2014
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A Southwest plane in San Francisco

A Southwest plane in San Francisco

Southwest Airlines announced the launch of its first international flights on Tuesday, with three new routes to the Caribbean.  The carrier now offers service to Aruba, Jamaica, and the Bahamas, from three of its U.S. gateway cities.

From Baltimore/Washington International Airport, Southwest flies to Aruba; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Nassau, Bahamas.  The airline also offers service to Aruba and Montego Bay from both Orlando International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The new routes were previously operated by the carrier’s subsidiary AirTran Airways, and the transfer to Southwest is part of the airline’s consolidation of all AirTran routes under the Southwest brand.  The carrier said it expects to take over all international AirTran flights by the end of this year, including service to Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

On August 10, Southwest will begin service to Cancun and Los Cabos, Mexico, followed by service to Mexico City and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on November 2.

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