Southwest Airlines and its wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways have received route authority from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for AirTran to operate international flights to new destinations in Mexico.
AirTran Airways still needs to obtain approval from the Mexican government to operate its planned new Mexico routes.
The carrier’s new international flights will include one daily round-trip between John Wayne Orange County Airport in California and Cabo San Lucas/San Jose del Cabo; and one daily round-trip between Orange County and Mexico City. The airline plans to begin these services on June 3.
AirTran also plans to launch four weekly round-trip flights between San Antonio and Cancun, as well as one daily round-trip flight between San Antonio and Mexico City. The airline plans to begin these services on May 24.
To support its planned new Mexico flights out of Orange County’s John Wayne Airport, a market AirTran does not currently serve, AirTran will add domestic service between San Francisco and Orange County with one daily round-trip flight, and one daily round-trip flight between Las Vegas and Orange County.
AirTran will begin these new domestic services on June 3, the same day it launches service from John Wayne Orange County Airport to Mexico.
“With the DOT’s approval, we are excited to now make these destinations available for sale to both AirTran and Southwest’s customers,” says Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines’ executive vice president and chief commercial officer and AirTran Airways’ president. “The new service is another direct benefit of Southwest’s acquisition of AirTran as we take low fares farther by expanding our route maps to more places Customers want to go.”
Examples of these one-way fares (which don’t include government feees and taxes) are $119 between San Antonio and Cancun; $119 between San Antonio and Mexico City; $119 between Orange County and Cabo San Lucas/San Jose del Cabo; and $109 one-way between Orange County and Mexico City.
AirTran has begun selling these introductory fares on its four planned new Mexico routes. Customers must book by December 19 at 11:59 p.m. PST in order to obtain the introductory fares. Currently, all reservations for AirTran flights – including international destinations – must be booked on www.airtran.com, by calling AirTran reservations at (800) 247-8726, or through a travel agent.
The fares are available for travel between San Antonio and Cancun or Mexico City from May 24 through June 26, 2012, with a blackout date of May 28.
Introductory fares are available for travel between Orange County and Cabo San Lucas/San Jose del Cabo or Mexico City from June 3 through June 26, 2012, with blackout dates of June 10, June 17, and June 24.
Sale fares between San Antonio and Cancun or Mexico City are valid for travel on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wedenesdays and Thursdays. Sale fares between Orange County and Cabo San Lucas/San Jose del Cabo or Mexico City are valid for travel every day except Fridays and Saturdays.
Southwest Airlines customers can now see AirTran’s nonstop international routes on southwest.com through its new web-referral tool, which links customers directly to www.airtran.com.