Southwest Airlines and subsidiary AirTran Airways have received authority from the U.S. Department of Transportation for AirTran to operate new international services to Cancun...

Southwest Airlines and subsidiary AirTran Airways have received authority from the U.S. Department of Transportation for AirTran to operate new international services to Cancun International Airport from both Denver International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

AirTran Airways still requires approval from the Mexican government to operate the new routes. Austin is a new market for AirTran Airways, joining Denver and Cancun on AirTran’s current route map.


Should Mexican government approval for the services be forthcoming, AirTran’s new international flight schedule will now include daily round-trip service between Denver and Cancun from April 16 through July 7.

AirTran Airways took delivery of its 50th Boeing 737-700 on July 17, 2007. AirTran Airways, which began service in 1995 exclusively using Boeing 717-200s, took delivery of its first Next-Generation 737 in August 2004 and now operates 52 of the type, with 65 more on firm order. Ultimately these aircraft will all end up painted in Southwest Airlines colors as AirTran is merged operationally into Southwest under the latter carrier's name

The service will go down in frequency to four-times-weekly service (on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays) from July 8 through August 12. It will then drop to twice-weekly service, on Saturdays and Sundays, from August 13 through the end of AirTran’s current schedule on September 28.

Between Austin and Cancun, AirTran will operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday round-trip flights from May 25 through August 31. From September 1, service frequency will drop by one flight to three round-trips a week, on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, through to September 28.

In addition to the new international service, AirTran will operate new domestic round-trip service between Houston Hobby Airport and San Antonio, and between Houston Hobby and Austin, to support the new international flying.

Its new service between Houston and San Antonio begins on May 24 and the new service between Houston and Austin begins on May 25. Both services are scheduled to operate through the end of the current flight schedule on Sept. 28, 2012).

“We are excited to offer more domestic markets new opportunities to travel to Mexico,” says Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines’ executive vice president and chief commercial officer and AirTran Airways’ president. “The additional service is one way customers are already realizing the benefits of the Southwest and AirTran acquisition.”

To book the new flights, visit www.airtranairways.com or www.southwest.com.

The February 3 route announcements add to new AirTran international service scheduled to begin on May 24 between San Antonio and Cancun and between San Antonio and Mexico City.

Additionally, beginning June 3, AirTran will initiate service between John Wayne Orange County Airport in California and Cabo San Lucas/San Jose del Cabo and between Orange County and Mexico City.

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