Southwest Airlines launches first international services

On 1 July, Aruba Airport welcomed the arrival of Southwest Airlines’ first international service with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The same day, Montego Bay Airport greeted another of Southwest Airlines’ international operations. The event was marked at the Jamaican gateway with a gift exchange by: Wykeham McNeill, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment; and Kevin Krone, VP, Southwest. 

  • Southwest Airlines launched its first international services during the course of last week, following the merger with AirTran Airways. The LCC launched operations on seven routes from Atlanta, GA (ATL), Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI) and Orlando, FL (MCO) to Aruba (AUA), Montego Bay (MBJ) and Nassau (NAS), all of which are operated by its 143-seat 737-700s. Southwest will face competition on three of the new airport pairs from Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways. Commenting on the route launches from Baltimore/Washington, Martin O’Malley, Maryland Governor, said: “Today, we celebrate an exciting new chapter in the long shared history between the State of Maryland and Southwest Airlines. For more than two decades, Southwest has provided convenient, affordable air service for millions of travellers at Baltimore/Washington. Thanks to the passage of the Transportation Investment Act and significant growth in international passenger traffic, that tradition of excellence will now include destinations beyond our borders.” See how Montego Bay Airport’s fire truck water arch compares to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
1 Jul Atlanta, GA (ATL) Aruba (AUA) B737 (7) Delta Air Lines (8)
Montego Bay (MBJ) Delta Air Lines (29)
Baltimore/Washington, MD (BWI) Aruba (AUA)
Montego Bay (MBJ)
Nassau (NAS)
5 Jul Orlando, FL (MCO) Aruba (AUA) B737 (1)
1 Jul Montego Bay (MBJ) B737 (7) JetBlue Airways (7)
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 8 July 2014. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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