Southwest Airlines goes international from Houston Hobby

Southwest Airlines Houston Hobby to Belize City

On 15 October, Southwest Airlines commenced services from Houston Hobby to Belize City. The 1,519-kilometre sector will operate daily and be flown by the airline’s 737-700s according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. The inaugural flight was met in Belize City with traditional dancing.

Passengers at San Jose del Cabo were greeted at the gate with a free glass of beer before boarding for Houston. The airport was promoting the hashtag #CABO to promote the launch of services and also the region. People were also given a free Los Cabos goodie bag.

Gary Kelly, Chairman, President and CEO of Southwest Airlines, along with Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston, greet and check the boarding cards of passengers boarding the first commercial international flight from Houston Hobby to Cancún, 1,273-kilometres away.

Not only were passengers greeted onto the first international flight to Cancún at Houston Hobby by the Mayor and Southwest Airlines CEO, but they were also welcomed onto the new $156 million international pier at the airport by a mariachi band. The airport staff also got into the spirit by wearing special t-shirts captioned with ‘Houston, you have an option’ to highlight that the city now has two international airports.

  • Southwest Airlines commenced its first international services from Houston Hobby (HOU) on 15 October to six destinations across Belize, Costa Rica and Mexico. Services to Belize City (BZE), Cancún (CUN), Mexico City (MEX), Puerto Vallarta (PVR), San Jose (SJO) and San Jose del Cabo (SJD) will all operate with at least a daily rotation, and all will be flown using the carrier’s 737-700s. Commenting on the launch of international services from the Texan hub, Gary Kelly, Chairman, President and CEO of Southwest Airlines, said: “Our roots run deepest in Houston, one of our original Southwest cities where our friendly people offer reliable service at low fares and helped make Southwest the airline that now flies more travellers in the US everyday than any other carrier. It’s a fitting place to firmly plant our investment to connect Houstonians and millions of Southwest customers who will pass through this facility to a growing list of international service options.” The airline made an investment of $156 million into Houston Hobby to make international services possible, with the carrier now having its own dedicated international pier at the airport. None of the new routes face direct competition, although international services to a number of the new destinations on offer have complementary flights flying to and from Houston Intercontinental. The average sector length of the international services is 1,579-kilometres. Southwest Airlines will commence a further two international routes later this year on 1 November from Houston Hobby to Liberia in Costa Rica and Montego Bay in Jamaica. See how Belize City, San Jose del Cabo and Houston Hobby airports FTWA’s compare to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
15 October Houston Hobby (HOU) Belize City (BZE) B73W (7)
Cancún (CUN) B73W (14)
Mexico City (MEX) B73W (7)
Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
San Jose (SJO)
San Jose del Cabo (SJD)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 20 October 2015. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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