Southwest Airlines is planning to launch international service from Houston Hobby Airport to eight cities in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean this fall.

Southwest Airlines is planning to launch international service from Houston Hobby Airport to eight cities in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean this fall.

The carrier’s planned international schedule from Houston Hobby Airport (IATA code HOU) will include daily service to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport serving Liberia in the Guanacaste beach and resort region of northwest Costa Rica, which will become Southwest Airlines’ 97th destination.


Southwest Airlines' March 7, 2015 inaugural flight to Costa Rica lands at Juan Santamaría International Airport, the airport serving Costa Rica's capital San José

Southwest Airlines’ March 7, 2015 inaugural flight to Costa Rica lands at Juan Santamaría International Airport, the airport serving Costa Rica’s capital San José

 

All eight new planned international services from Houston Hobby are subject to Southwest Airlines receiving the requisite approvals from the governments of the countries concerned.

Southwest’s international expansion from Houston Hobby will begin on October 15, when the carrier plans to launch twice-daily service to the beach resort of Cancun on Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

On October 15, also, Southwest Airlines plans to launch daily service from HOU to Mexican destinations Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos, as well as to Belize City in Beliza and Costa Rica’s capital San José.

Then, on November 1, Southwest will launch daily service from HOU to Liberia in Costa Rica and Montego Bay in Jamaica.

The Boeing 737-700 operating Southwest Airlines' inaugural flight to Costa Rica on March 7, 2015 is photographed using its thrust reversers to slow down on the runway at San José's Juan Santamaría International Airport

The Boeing 737-700 operating Southwest Airlines’ inaugural flight to Costa Rica on March 7, 2015 is photographed using its thrust reversers to slow down on the runway at San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport

 

Southwest is offering introductory fares on all eight routes, making these fares available for purchase until May 24 at 11:59 p.m. in the respective time zone of the originating city.

Travel under the introductory fares is valid from October 15 through December 16, 2015, but travel-blackout dates of November 20 through November 22, 2015 apply for outbound travel from the U.S under the introductory fares.

Additionally, travel blackout dates from November 27 through November 30 apply for travel from the foreign destinations to the U.S. under the introductory fares.

The airline is offering one-way introductory fares, for travel originating at Houston Hobby, from $149 to Cancun; $99 to Mexico City; $149 to Puerto Vallarta; $149 to Los Cabos; $127 to Belize City; and $174 to San José.

Flying a celebratory flag from its cockpit, the Boeing 737-700 operating Southwest Airlines' inaugural flight to Costa Rica on March 7, 2015 is seen here taxiing after landing at Juan Santamaría International Airport, which serves Costa Rica's capital San José

Flying a celebratory flag from its cockpit, the Boeing 737-700 operating Southwest Airlines’ inaugural flight to Costa Rica on March 7, 2015 is seen here taxiing after landing at Juan Santamaría International Airport, which serves Costa Rica’s capital San José

 

Southwest is also offering introductory one-way fares, for travel originating at Houston Hobby, from $174 to Liberia and from $199 to Montego Bay.

Pending the required governmental approvals, Southwest is also planning to launch new international daily service from Denver to Puerto Vallarta on November 1.

It is offering introductory one-way fares from $149 for this route under the same booking and travel conditions which apply to its other eight planned new international routes.

From November 7, Southwest will augment its existing daily services from John Wayne Orange County Airport to Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos with second, seasonal round-trips on Saturdays.

Southwest Airlines operated its inugural flight to Costa Rica on March 7, 2015. The aircraft is seen here nearing its docking gate at San José's Juan Santamaría International Airport

Southwest Airlines operated its inugural flight to Costa Rica on March 7, 2015. The aircraft is seen here nearing its docking gate at San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport

 

On November 7, also, Southwest will begin Saturdays-only service between Baltimore/Washington International Airport and Liberia in Costa Rica, assuming it receives the required approval from Costa Rica’s government.

From November 1, Southwest will also resume recurrent and new seasonal flying within the United States.

It will also launch new, twice-daily service between Indianapolis and New York LaGuardia, daily service between Denver and Cleveland, and new flights from Austin to both Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Boston Logan.

On November 15 Southwest will launch new daily service between Akron/Canton in Ohio and Las Vegas.

A week later, on November 22, Southwest will begin daily services from John Wayne Orange County Airport to St. Louis and Kansas City.

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