DALLAS, Aug. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today extended the carrier's bookable flight schedule from March 9 through April 24, 2017, while publishing new service to Mexico's beach resorts from Oakland International Airport beginning Feb. 12, 2016, subject to approvals of the Mexican government. The carrier received U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) approval following its application and announced intention of service between Northern California and two destinations on Mexico's Pacific coast. Additional routes newly link cities with nonstop service across the United States. In celebration of the new flights now available for purchase, Southwest® is offering special fares (purchase today through Aug. 11, 2016, 11:59 p.m. in the time zone of the originating city). Please see below for applicable start dates of new service and applicable travel dates and complete terms & conditions for fares listed in this news release.
New nonstop service beginning in February 2017:
Beginning Feb. 12, 2017, fly nonstop daily between Oakland (San Francisco Bay Area) and both San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Fly nonstop from Oakland (San Francisco Bay Area) to San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for as low as $139 or 6,480 Rapid Rewards® Points one-way* on Sundays through Wednesdays from Feb. 12 through April 24, 2017.
"As we constantly look at new opportunities to connect Bay Area travelers with fun and exciting places in their lives, these Mexico beach destinations have long topped the list," said Dave Harvey, Southwest Airlines' Managing Director of Business Development. "Oakland will become our 13th gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean from the mainland in February and, with a new bilateral agreement becoming effective later this month, there will be additional opportunities to bring our low fares and unmatched value on numerous additional U.S. – Mexico routes."
Harvey discussed the new flights with the carrier's Bay Area Customers and Employees at a Viva Mexico! Party unfolding today and tomorrow at Jack London Square along the Embarcadero in the Port of Oakland. Traditional Mexican dancers commemorated news of the East and North Bay's first Mexico service by a U.S. carrier.
New nonstop service beginning in March 2017:
Beginning March 9, 2017, Southwest will add daily service between Houston (Hobby) and Omaha and between New York/Newark and Ft. Lauderdale. Fly nonstop between Houston (Hobby) and Omaha for as low as $79 or 4,608 Rapid Rewards® Points one-way* from March 9 through April 24, 2017 except Fridays and Sundays. Fly nonstop between New York/Newark and Ft. Lauderdale for as low as $99 or 6,408 Rapid Rewards® Points one-way* from March 9 through April 24, 2017 (travel from New York/Newark to Ft. Lauderdale is valid only on Sundays through Wednesdays and travel from Ft. Lauderdale to New York/Newark is valid only on Tuesdays through Fridays). Also beginning March 9, 2017, daily seasonal service will be offered between Las Vegas and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Fly nonstop between Las Vegas and Minneapolis/St. Paul for as low as $109 or 6,768 Rapid Rewards® Points one-way* from March 11 through April 24, 2017 (travel from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Las Vegas is valid only on Sundays through Wednesdays and travel from Las Vegas to Minneapolis/St. Paul is valid only on Tuesdays through Fridays).
Beginning March 11, 2017 and furthering its network development of the carrier's near-international service, Southwest also today published new nonstop service to operate seasonally on Saturdays between Denver and Belize City, Belize. Fly nonstop from Denver to Belize City, Belize for as low as $147 or 8,568 Rapid Rewards® Points one-way* on Saturdays from March 11 through April 24, 2017.
Also on March 11, 2017, Southwest launches nonstop service to operate seasonally on Saturdays and Sundays between Dallas Love Field and Jacksonville. Fly nonstop between Dallas Love Field and Jacksonville for as low as $109 or 6,768 Rapid Rewards® Points one-way* on Saturdays and Sundays from March 11 through April 24, 2017.
This coming weekend, on Sunday, August 7, 2016, Southwest will inaugurate international service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Nassau, The Bahamas.
*Points bookings do not include taxes, fees, and other government/airport charges of at least $5.60 per one-way flight
ABOUT SOUTHWEST'S OAKLAND & CALIFORNIA SERVICE
Southwest's 120 departures a day at Oakland International Airport comprise the carrier's biggest operation in Northern California, and anchor its distinction of the carrier of more passengers to and from the San Francisco Bay Area than any other carrier, according to the most recent figures available from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The same data show Southwest carries the most passengers to, from, and within California through its operations at ten major commercial airports.
*FARE TERMS & CONDITIONS
Purchase today through August 11, 2016, 11:59 p.m. in the time zone of the originating city. Travel between Oakland (San Francisco Bay Area) and Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos, Oakland (San Francisco Bay Area) and Puerto Vallarta valid February 12 through April 24, 2017. Travel between New York/Newark and Ft. Lauderdale, Houston (Hobby) and Omaha, Las Vegas and Minneapolis/St. Paul valid March 9 through April 24, 2017. Denver and Belize, Dallas (Love Field) and Jacksonville travel valid March 11 through April 24, 2017. Travel between Houston (Hobby) and Omaha travel is not valid on Fridays and Sundays. Travel between Dallas (Love Field) and Jacksonville is valid only on Saturdays and Sundays. Travel from New York/Newark to Ft. Lauderdale and Minneapolis/St. Paul to Las Vegas is valid only on Sundays through Wednesdays. Travel from Ft. Lauderdale to New York/Newark and Las Vegas to Minneapolis/St. Paul is valid only on Tuesdays through Fridays. Travel from Oakland (San Francisco Bay Area) to Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos and from Oakland (San Francisco Bay Area) to Puerto Vallarta is valid only on Sundays through Wednesdays. Travel from Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos to Oakland (San Francisco Bay Area) and from Puerto Vallarta to Oakland (San Francisco Bay Area) is valid only on Tuesdays through Fridays. Travel between Denver and Belize is valid Saturday Only.
Fares are valid only on nonstop service. Displayed prices include all U.S. and international government taxes and fees. Points bookings do not include taxes, fees, and other government/airport charges of at least $5.60 per one-way flight. Fares are not available to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Seats and days are limited. Fares may vary by destination, flight, and day of week and won't be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times and holiday periods. Travel is available for one-way Wanna Get Away® fares. Fares may be combined with other Southwest Airlines® combinable fares. If combining with other fares, the most restrictive fare's rules apply. Sale fares may be available on other days of week, but not guaranteed. Fares are nonrefundable but may be applied toward future travel on Southwest®, as long as reservations are canceled at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled departure of the flight. Failure to cancel prior to departure will result in forfeiture of remaining funds on the reservation. Any itinerary change may result in an increase in fare. Standby travel requires upgrading to the Anytime fare. Fares are subject to change until ticketed. Offer applies only to published, scheduled service.
ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
In its 46th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 52,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season across a network of 98 destinations in the United States and seven additional countries with service to three airports in Cuba expected to begin later this year, subject to governmental approvals.
Based on the U.S. Department of Transportation's most recent data, Southwest Airlines is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. The Company operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world, the majority of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi providing gate-to-gate connectivity. That connectivity enables Customers to use their personal devices to view video on-demand movies and television shows, as well as more than 20 channels of free, live TV compliments of our valued Partners. Southwest created Transfarency℠, a philosophy which treats Customers honestly and fairly, and in which low fares actually stay low. Southwest is the only major U.S. airline to offer bags fly free® to everyone (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply, some airlines may allow free checked bags on select routes or for qualified circumstances), and there are no change fees, though fare differences might apply. The airline proudly unveiled a bold new look: Heart. A new logo, aircraft livery, interior design featuring a new seat and Flight Attendant galley, Employee-designed uniforms, and an updated airport experience all showcase the dedication of Southwest Employees who connect Customers with what's important in their lives.
From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as "The Southwest Effect," a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic whenever the carrier enters new markets. With 43 consecutive years of profitability, Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for a triple bottom line approach that contributes to the carrier's performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities they serve, and an overall commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2015 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at SouthwestOneReport.com.
Book Southwest Airlines' low fares online at Southwest.com or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.
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