Southwest Airlines and subsidiary AirTran Airways are launching service to new destinations and offering new routes as they extend their flight schedules for reservations from June 3 through August 10, 2012.
Some new services will begin as early as May 24. In AirTran Airways’ case, several of the new routes and destinations are international.
Southwest Airlines is launching new nonstop services from Houston Hobby Airport and AirTran Airways will add nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and San Juan in Puerto Rico, as well as new routes from Denver.
In addition, AirTran will expand its international presence with four new nonstop routes to Mexico. AirTran will begin service from San Antonio to Cancun and Mexico City beginning in May, and from John Wayne Orange County Airport in California to Cabo San Lucas and Mexico City beginning in June.
The Mexico services are subject to government approval and are not yet for sale. Specific frequencies and fares for AirTran’s new international routes will be announced once the appropriate approvals are received.
AirTran does not currently serve Orange County. Southwest Airlines says the future introduction of AirTran Airways service to these markets is a direct result of Southwest’s acquisition of AirTran.
To mark AirTran’s Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood-San Juan service, the carriers launched a fare sale today with fares from $69 one-way plus government fees and passenger facility chargers. Customers must book travel by November 27 in order to obtain the sale fares, which are valid for travel between for travel May 24 and June 27, 2012. May 28 is a blackout date on which travel is not available under the sale fares.
On May 24, AirTran Airways will begin operating two daily round-trips between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and San Juan.
Then, on June 3, AirTran will start operating:
● One daily round-trip between Denver and Akron-Canton;
● One daily round-trip between Denver and Dayton;
● Two daily round-trips between Denver and New York LaGuardia;
● Two daily round-trips between Baltimore/Washington International Airport and Los Angeles;
● One daily round-trip between Baltimore/Washington and New Orleans;
● Two daily round-trips between Baltimore/Washington and Seattle; and
● One daily round-trip between Baltimore/Washington and San Francisco.
Also on June 3, Southwest Airlines will start operating:
● One daily round-trip between Houston Hobby Airport and Raleigh-Durham;
● One daily round-trip between Houston Hobby and Kansas City;
● One daily round-trip between Houston Hobby and Seattle; and
● One daily round-trip between Chicago Midway Airport and Oklahoma City.
“We have been very encouraged by the success of AirTran’s existing international service and we look forward to building upon that success,” says Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines’ executive vice president and chief commercial officer and AirTran Airways’ president.
“We continue to set the stage for long-term growth by aligning our current networks to maximize what we each do best,” adds Jordan. “The next step, which we anticipate will happen in the first half of next year, will be to connect these two strong networks to offer our collective passengers lower fares on more flights, which we believe will greatly benefit consumers and create significant revenue potential for Southwest.”