Southwest won’t charge bag fees

September 19, 2014 |

Southwest Airlines is currently in the works to expand its service internationally. According to Skift, Chief Financial Officer Tammy Romo said that there are as many as 50 new destinations it could add with its Boeing 737.

During the Morgan Stanley 2nd Annual Laguna Conference that was held Sept. 15, Romo added that since customers don’t like baggage fees, the airline won’t charge for them. The statement was made among controversy that those heading out on vacation getaways and business travel would be charged for bags if they were heading to international destinations.

According to the source, there will be no charge for bags on new flights. Alaska, Canada and Hawaii are on the list of possible places that Southwest may begin flying to in the near future.

Romo said at the conference that the airline will be able to increase ancillary revenue without charging for bags with extra services such as EarlyBird boarding, Business Select and cargo, Skift reported.

Southwest expects to have 44 daily trips at Reagan National Airport by the end of 2014 due to openings at the terminal following the merger of US Airways and American Airlines. According to the source, Southwest will be the largest carrier at the three Washington, D.C.-area airports once it takes over the slots at Reagan National Airport.

Beginning in March 2015, Southwest will offer flights to eight international cities. The most recent destination added to Southwest is San Jose, Costa Rica.