More than 25,000 Sign Southwest Airlines petition to fly between Florida, Cuba

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) said more than 25,000 individuals have signed a petition to the US Department of Transportation (DOT), registering their support of the carrier´s application to serve Cuba.

Southwest® has proposed service among three international airports in Cuba, including Havana, and three Florida airports: Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL); Tampa Bay International Airport (TPA); and Orlando International Airport (MCO). As the largest carrier of domestic passengers in the United States*, the proposed nonstop flights would provide convenient connecting access to Cuba for dozens of cities across the United States on the Southwest Airlines network.

Earlier this month, Southwest filed an application with the DOT requesting governmental approval to serve Cuba with daily nonstop flights from the carrier´s three busiest airports in Florida. Since that initial application on March 2, 2016, Southwest has received 120+ letters of support from local, regional, and national organizations, including Orlando, Inc., South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Bay Partnership, United States Black Chamber of Commerce, United States Business Leaders Network, and United States Hispanic Leadership Institute.

In its 45th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 49,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest proudly operates a network of 97 destinations across the United States and seven additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season.