Southwest begins international routes

July 14, 2014 |


Southwest Airlines will now offer flights to destinations in the Bahamas, Jamaica, Aruba and Mexico. According to Skift, the services began July 1 and the U.S.’s largest domestic carrier was able to add the international routes to its schedule following the acquisition of AirTran as well as a new international reservations system.

Flights will take off from Baltimore Washington International Airport and take travelers to Aruba and Nassau, Atlanta to Aruba and Montego Bay and Orlando to Montego Bay, the source stated.

These global travel destinations are on a list of what Southwest hopes to be 50 cities outside U.S. borders in the next 10 years. Skift reported that the carrier also wants to send travelers as far as South America, but first it will work on building new gates at international terminals.

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly told CNBC that Southwest will build a five-gate international terminal in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and will operate out of four gates at Houston Hobby Airports new international terminal by late 2015.

The airline plans to add long haul Boeing 737s to its fleet and potentially 100 additional planes in the next decade to handle its international expansion.