DALLAS, Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) 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."
In celebration of the international options for newly available nonstop travel, Southwest.com features low fares for travel from:
Ft. Lauderdale (Miami area) to Grand Cayman
for as low as $89 one-way beginning June 6, 2017
San Diego to San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico
for as low as $104 one-way beginning April 25, 2017
(Fares shown are available for purchase today through Jan. 26, 2017, 11:59 p.m. in the time zone of the originating U.S. city for travel that must be completed by Aug. 9, 2017. Travel is valid only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please see complete fare rules, terms & conditions below.)
Also beginning today, Austin Customers may book newly available, additional flights in existing nonstop city-pairs for summertime flying (beginning Jun 4, 2017) between the Music Capital of Texas and:
New Orleans One flight added daily Monday through Friday
St. Louis One flight added daily Sunday through Friday
The carrier also announced the addition of new or additional Saturday-only service between:
Austin and Pensacola
Seasonally once-a-day on Saturdays beginning June 10
New York LaGuardia and Orlando
Nonstop service added only on April 8 & April 15
St. Louis and Pensacola
Seasonally once-a-day on Saturdays beginning June 10
The carrier's full flight schedule of more than 3,900 flights a day during peak season is published through Aug. 14, 2017, and is available at Southwest.com.
FARE TERMS & CONDITIONS
Fares listed may be purchased today, Jan. 18 through Jan. 26, 2017, 11:59 pm in the time zone of the originating U.S. city. Travel from Fort Lauderdale (Miami Area) to Grand Cayman must occur on Tuesdays or Wednesdays between June 6 and Aug. 9, 2017. Travel from San Diego to San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos must occur on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between April 25 and Aug. 9, 2017. Fares show are valid only on nonstop service and displayed prices include all U.S. and international government taxes and fees. Rapid Rewards® Points bookings do not include taxes, fees, and other government/airport charges of at least $5.60 per one-way flight. Seats and days are limited. Fares may vary by destination, flight, and day-of-week and will not be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times and holiday periods. Though not guaranteed, sale fares may be available on other days of week. Travel is for one-way Wanna Get Away® fares which may combinable with other Southwest combinable fares. When combining fares, the most restrictive fare rules apply. 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 schedule departure of the flight. Failure to cancel prior to that would result in a forfeiture of remaining funds in the reservation. Any changes in itinerary could result in a fare increase. Standby travel could require an upgrade to the Anytime fare depending on Rapid Rewards® Tier status. Fares are subject to change until ticketed. Offer applies only to published, scheduled service. If traveling to Cuba, every passenger must certify that they are eligible to travel to Cuba under one of 12 general license categories, a specific license or are a Cuban National.
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 53,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest proudly operates a network of 101 destinations in the United States and eight additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season. Subject to requisite governmental approvals, service to Grand Cayman begins June 4, 2017, the same date service is scheduled to begin from Cincinnati.
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 nearly 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.
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