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Southwest Airlines announces new international services

Southwest Airlines today announced new flights throughout its previously published schedule that bring San Diego Customers the carrier’s 31st destination available through nonstop service, San Jose de

Southwest Airlines today announced new flights throughout its previously published schedule that bring San Diego Customers the carrier’s 31st destination available through nonstop service, San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico, subject to requisite governmental approvals, beginning April 25, 2017, making San Diego International Airport its fourth gateway city in California to offer international service nonstop. Southwest® operates international flights between the Golden State and a total of three cities in Mexico: Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos.


“Cabo and the five new domestic destinations we announced earlier this month from San Diego further solidify our mission to be the Mission City’s hometown carrier,” said Leah Koontz, Southwest’s Vice President Controller, who hosted the airline’s celebration events in San Diego. “To show our love for San Diego, we sent out street teams this morning to surprise future travelers randomly with gifts from a bank of two million Rapid Rewards® Points and $20,000 in gift cards.” Koontz joined Southwest Employees and Leaders who power the carrier’s unmatched San Diego service in celebrating aboard the USS Midway moored in San Diego’s historic harbor.

The carrier recently published new service for San Diego beginning June 4, 2017, for travel to and from both Boise and Salt Lake City, as well as seasonal nonstop service to and from Indianapolis, Newark (New York), and Spokane.

Southwest also today published new service nonstop between Ft. Lauderdale and Grand Cayman beginning Sunday, June 4, 2017, subject to requisite governmental approvals. Southwest previously announced its intention of serving Cayman from a new, five-gate international Concourse A at Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Terminal 1 that’s scheduled to open just as the Summer travel season kicks off. The additional facilities also will allow Southwest to serve Belize City, Belize, Cancun, Mexico, and Montego Bay, Jamaica, from its South Florida base of operations beginning June 4, 2017. The carrier already daily serves three destinations in Cuba nonstop—Havana, Varadero, and Santa Clara—as well as Nassau, The Bahamas.

“Besides time-saving nonstop service for Southern Californians and South Floridians, these new international flights also bring additional itinerary options for many of our Customers in the West and East,” said Dave Harvey, who oversees International Planning as Southwest’s Managing Director of Business Development. “For years, Southwest has carried more California passengers each day to, from, and within the Golden state than any other airline and our growing portfolio of international offerings from Fort Lauderdale underscore our commitment to connecting both regions to places travelers find attractive and important.”