Southwest to fly internationally

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore May 13, 2014 20:18

Southwest to fly internationally

Southwest Airlines has begun to sell seats on its first-ever scheduled international flights to three Caribbean beach destinations – Aruba, Nassau in the Bahamas, and Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Beginning on July 1, Southwest will operate daily, non-stop flights from Atlanta, the Baltimore/Washington airport, and Orlando to those destinations.

The expansion comes with Southwest’s integration with AirTran Airways, which it acquired in 2011. Southwest expects to complete the integration and retire the AirTran brand by the end of the year.

By the end of 2014, Southwest plans to be operating the former Air Tran flights to Mexico’s Cancun, Los Cabos, and Mexico City, and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

Chief executive Gary Kelly said the opening of bookings marked “the final lap in the journey to make possible our international future”.

“Today’s milestone enables us to reach new territory, new customers, and build upon a four-decade foundation of doing right by the travellers who trust our value and our people,” said Kelly.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore May 13, 2014 20:18
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