Southwest Airlines Co., which to date only serves the continental United States, has announced it will offer flights to the Caribbean starting on July 1.
On Monday, Southwest starting selling seats for flights to Jamaica, Aruba, and the Bahamas from Baltimore, Atlanta, and Orlando. These flights are normally flown by AirTran Airways, which was purchased by Southwest in 2011.
Amongst the United States’ largest carriers, Southwest is the only one that doesn’t leave the United States. Officials have talked about going international for quite a while, but the carrier has been limited by technology issues with its reservation system.
Later on in 2014, Southwest will take over four more AirTran destinations in the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Eventually the carrier will add flights from Fort Lauderdale and Houston, and maybe other locations, but there haven’t been any official announcements as yet.
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