Southwest Airlines will expand its fledgling international-service network by offering new flights to both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Mexico from August 10 and early October, as well as launching other new international services.

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On July 1, Southwest Airlines will begin operating daily, non-stop flights linking Atlanta with Aruba and Montego Bay; Baltimore/Washington International Airport with Aruba, Nassau, and (twice daily) Montego Bay; and Orlando with Aruba (on Saturdays only) and Montego Bay.

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In extending to April 6 the schedule of subsidiary AirTran Airways and its own schedule, Southwest Airlines is introducing five new non-stop seasonal routes, including new non-stop flights on Saturdays between Florida sun destination Fort Myers and three U.S. cities.

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Southwest Airlines is launching service to Memphis, Pensacola, and Richmond in Virginia on November 3. Both Southwest Airlines and subsidiary AirTran Airways have newly extended their schedules through until New Year’s weekend and the two airlines are launching a sizable number of new year-round and seasonal services.

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One of the new Southwest Airlines destinations is San Juan in Puerto Rico, which is the first city that Southwest has ever served on a scheduled basis outside the 48 contiguous states of the mainland United States.

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Customers are now able to purchase itineraries to the airlines’ combined 97 destinations, including international destinations, in one transaction, for service starting on April 14.

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Southwest Airlines is introducing four new routes in its latest flight schedule, which it has newly extended for itself and subsidiary AirTran Airways for travel through November 1. Southwest will also take over AirTran Airways’ existing Fort Lauderdale-San Juan route.

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Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways took the first step in connecting their networks on January 26. Southwest Airlines says it is on pace to connect the two networks fully in April.

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At Grand Rapids, Southwest will offer double the number of flights AirTran Airways is operating. From August 11, Southwest will offer six daily non-stop flights, compared with three daily non-stop flights operated until then by AirTran.

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When the option is available, Southwest Airlines will offer customers the opportunity to purchase one of the earliest boarding positions at the gate for $40 per flight.

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AirTran Airways will begin operating both routes this spring and will operate four round-trips a week on each of the two routes.

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Dallas-based Southwest Airlines starts service in Wichita on June 2, 2013, with a total of five daily flights offering non-stop service to Dallas, Chicago Midway, and Las Vegas. Wichita will be Southwest’s 85th destination.

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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.

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As the operational merger of AirTran Airways into Southwest Airlines continues, Southwest is taking over service from subsidiary AirTran at four more U.S. cities in the spring of 2013.

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Southwest Airlines will start service at Branson on March 9, 2013, with daily non-stop flights to Dallas Love Field, Houston Hobby Airport and Chicago Midway Airport, and Saturday-only service to Orlando. Branson will become the 79th destination in Southwest’s route network.

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In the newly extended schedule, Southwest Airlines will begin new service between Kansas City and Minneapolis-St. Paul, offering two daily non-stop flights. Both carriers also will begin new seasonal routes.

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AirTran Airways is adding add as many as four more daily non-stop round-trips between Baltimore/Washington International Airport and Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport from September 6 through the end of its currently published schedule on February 13, 2013.

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In its latest schedule, which runs through February 13, 2013, Southwest will begin new service between Nashville and New York LaGuardia, offering two daily non-stop round-trips. Southwest Airlines also will begin four new winter seasonal routes.

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Southwest Airlines Co. has confirmed that the company, together with its subsidiary AirTran Airways, Inc., has reached an agreement with Delta Air Lines, Inc., and Boeing Capital Corp. to lease or sublease all 88 of AirTran’s Boeing 717 jets to Delta.

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