Southwest to Begin Flying Internationally

Southwest Airlines announced its first international flights on Monday, as the integration of the AirTran network enters its final phase. Starting July 1, Southwest will offer daily nonstop service to Aruba, the Bahamas and Jamaica; seats are available now. Nonstop flights will be offered from Atlanta to Aruba and Montego Bay; from Baltimore/Washington to Aruba, Nassau and Montego Bay; and from Orlando to Aruba and Montego Bay. The Orlando flights will operate only on Saturdays. Subsidiary AirTran will continue to offer service between Atlanta and Nassau, Chicago Midway and Montego Bay, and flights serving Cancún, Los Cabos, Mexico City and Punta Cana, Mexico. Flights serving the latter four cities should be part of Southwest's routes by the end of 2014.