For more than 40 years, Southwest Airlines has made its mark as a reliable – and fun – domestic carrier. Lately, its growth has put it ahead of competition, so much so that Southwest currently flies more domestic passengers in the United States than any of its rivals. This week, Southwest launched its first international flight, departing from Baltimore, and landing in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Since its acquisition of AirTran Airways in 2011, Southwest has had the ability to cross US borders using AirTran’s existing routes into seven international destinations within Mexico and the Caribbean.
So, why the wait? According to a report from airline industry news site, Airchive.com, Southwest wanted to make sure that it was done right, and a lot of work had to be done.
“Although the formal celebration was held in Baltimore, Southwest also launched international flights today from Atlanta and Orlando to Aruba, The Bahamas, and Jamaica, but this is just the beginning.
Starting August 10th, the Dallas-based airline will begin operating daily service from Cancun, Mexico to Atlanta and Baltimore BWI, along with Saturday service to Milwaukee. San Jose del Cabo will receive daily service from Santa Ana, while Nassau, Bahamas will see Saturday only service to Atlanta.
The carrier will further expand international flights in October, operating daily service from Cancun to Denver starting on the 7th, and San Jose del Cabo to Denver on the 11th.”
Read the full story on airchive.com here.