Calypso music played in the background as Southwest CEO Gary Kelly made the long-awaited announcement: Southwest Airlines will begin international flights – to the Caribbean – this summer.
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The first flights begin July 1, and most are daily non-stops between the following locations:
- Atlanta – Aruba and Montego Bay
- Baltimore/Washington – Aruba, Nassau and Montego Bay (twice daily flights to Montego Bay)
- Orlando – Aruba and Montego Bay (Saturdays only)
Meanwhile, AirTran – which Southwest acquired a couple of years back – will continue its Caribbean routes – for now. This is from the Southwest press release:
“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, 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. Both carriers’ full flight schedules are now open for booking through Aug. 8, 2014.”