After 43 of service, Southwest Airlines has something new to brag about.
They will start flying to international destination this July.
"Beginning July 1, 2014, Bags Fly Free® beyond U.S. borders to Aruba, The Bahamas, and Jamaica," announced Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chairman, President & CEO, to Employees and media assembled for a news conference at the carrier's headquarters. "As our Customers seamlessly click through southwest.com to make these historic bookings today, our People celebrate the final lap in the journey to make possible our international future."
These will be daily nonstop flights.
The flights will include:
- Atlanta and Aruba, and Montego Bay
- Baltimore/Washington and Aruba, Nassau, and (twice daily) Montego Bay
- Orlando and (Saturday only) Aruba, and Montego Bay
Southwest is looking to take on the like of Delta with these new routes.
This is really the next logical step for Southwest to grow.
"Southwest Airlines democratized the sky from our first flights more than four decades ago," said Kelly. "Today's milestone enables us to reach new territory, new Customers, and build upon a four decade foundation of doing right by the travelers who trust our value and our People."
Southwest is known for their customer service and the friendliness of their more than 45,000 employees. Southwest is currently the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded they use the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 96 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Now they are looking to international destinations in 2014 and beyond.