Finally! Southwest Airlines Goes International

Brittany Jones-Cooper
Editor, Yahoo Travel
July 1, 2014

Aruba, Jamaica — Southwest Airlines is going to take ya!

As you plan your next Caribbean vacation, you might want to consider booking a flight on Southwest Airlines. Today, the Dallas-based carrier launched its international service with flights to Jamaica, Aruba, and the Bahamas. This is huge news for the airline, which for the past 44 years has provided domestic service to 93 destinations in 40 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Cleared for take-off. (Photo: Facebook/Southwest)

The first international flight took off from Baltimore this morning at 8:30 a.m. and was headed to Oranjestad, Aruba. It was quickly followed by flights to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Nassau/Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Current departure cities include Atlanta, Baltimore, and Orlando. 

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Southwest, which is known for its low airfares, hopes that the international service will allow their loyal customers the opportunity to travel abroad. ”Thousands of our employees have a hand in launching today’s flights, which begin to bring our convenient and affordable way of air travel to the world, and broaden the horizon for more than 100 million customers who fly with us every year,” said Teresa Laraba, Southwest’s Senior Vice President of Customers.

And that’s not the end of their international roster. In May, the airline announced details to take on international service offered by wholly-owned subsidiary AirTran Airways, by the end of the year. This will include flights to Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

To commemorate the launch, Southwest Vacations is offering up to $200 off select travel packages if you book now through July 14th.

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