Caribbean first region for Southwest international services

Southwest Airlines has announced a trio of Caribbean beach destinations for its first-ever scheduled international flights.

“Beginning 1 July, Bags Fly Free beyond US borders to Aruba, The Bahamas, and Jamaica,” declared Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines chairman, president & CEO. The services will operate daily, nonstop flights between Atlanta and both Aruba and Montego Bay’ between Baltimore/Washington and Aruba, Nassau and (twice daily) Montego Bay, and between Orlando and (Saturday only) Aruba, and Montego Bay.

In this first phase of the company’s international conversion plan, wholly-owned subsidiary AirTran Airways will continue service between Atlanta and Nassau, between Chicago Midway and Montego Bay, as well as flights to/from Cancun, Los Cabos and Mexico City in Mexico, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. By the end of 2014, the carrier plans to complete the launch of Southwest Airlines service to the remaining four international destinations on the company's network route map of 96 destinations in six countries.

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