Southwest Airlines is launching non-stop service from Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan to Orlando and Tampa on Sunday, April 14, 2013.
From April 14, Southwest Airlines will operate three daily round-trips between Orlando and San Juan and one daily round-trip between Tampa and San Juan, as the carrier transitions these routes to its own operation from that of its subsidiary AirTran Airways.
To promote the new San Juan service, Southwest is offering $99 introductory one-way fares in the two new markets. The fares must be booked by November 7 at 11:59 p.m. PDT, for travel between Monday, April 15 and Thursday, May 23, 2013. Friday and Sunday travel is excluded. To obtain the fares, travel must be booked at www.southwest.com. Seats are limited.
AirTran Airways will continue to offer service between San Juan and Baltimore/Washington International Airport, Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, and Atlanta.
Southwest says it will determine soon the best time to convert the remaining AirTran flying to Southwest as part of the gradual integration of the two airlines into one airline flying under the Southwest brand.
AirTran customers who booked flights between San Juan and Tampa or San Juan and Orlando for travel beginning April 14, 2013 or later will be contacted by the airline and rebooked on Southwest flights.
Customers of both carriers may exchange earned loyalty points between both AirTran’s A+ Rewards and Southwest’s Rapid Rewards frequent flyer programs for reward travel on either airline.
“Southwest celebrates San Juan, Puerto Rico as our first venture beyond the continental United States,” says Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines’ executive vice president & chief commercial officer and AirTran Airways’ president. “AirTran has done a wonderful job establishing a presence in this market, and Southwest is proud to continue that legacy and extend our vast network of destinations, exceptional customer service, and convenient low fares to the San Juan community.”
“It is an honor to be Southwest’s first destination outside the continental United States,” says Luis G. Rivera Marin, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. “The Puerto Rico Tourism Company and all Puerto Rican travelers welcome this new carrier to our island and know that this new service will provide great opportunities for growth into the airline’s robust network, and great connectivity to the west coast markets in the U.S.”
AirTran began service at San Juan in March 2008 with service to Orlando and Atlanta. In February 2009, the carrier added service between San Juan and Baltimore/Washington. AirTran added San Juan service to Tampa in April 2011 and to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport in May 2012.