Southwest Airlines adds new US, Caribbean destinations

Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) is changing services to Ohio cities; adding flights to Grand Cayman, pending government approvals; adding Florida, California, New York flights; adding non-stops between Nashville and Minneapolis, the company said.

From Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, the carrier initially will offer nonstop service to Chicago (Midway) and Baltimore/Washington allowing Cincinnati travelers to utilize Southwest´s all-Boeing 737 fleet to access many of the more than 100 destinations Southwest serves across the United States, Caribbean, and Latin America.

The airline is also adding new nonstop service between Cleveland and Atlanta, and will add a second daily flight between Cleveland and St. Louis. Service to airports in both Akron-Canton and Dayton, Ohio, will end June 3, 2017. Employees in those cities have been offered other opportunities within Southwest.

The carrier has filed an application with the US Department of Transportation to serve Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman daily from Fort Lauderdale beginning June 4, 2017, provided the service receives requisite governmental approvals. On the same date, the carrier expects to begin offering new daily international nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay, Belize, and Cancun, alongside existing service to three cities in Cuba–Havana, Varadero, and Santa Clara–as well as Nassau, The Bahamas.

Southwest will also add daily, intra-Florida service nonstop between Fort Lauderdale and Orlando as well as new daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Washington D.C. (Dulles), daily service between Fort Lauderdale and Philadelphia, twice daily service between Tampa and New York LaGuardia, and weekend nonstop service between Pensacola and Denver.

On June 4, 2017, the carrier is adding new nonstop service between Portland, Ore. and San Francisco, between San Jose and Reno, and seasonal nonstop service between Oakland and New York via Newark. The carrier will also add new nonstop service between San Diego and Boise, and between San Diego and Salt Lake City, and seasonal nonstop service between San Diego and Newark, Spokane, and Indianapolis.

Also on June 4, 2017, the carrier is adding new nonstop flights between New York via Newark and Indianapolis, and between Nashville and Minneapolis.

The carrier is currently planning to grow its 2017 available seat miles (ASMs) approximately 3.5 percent, as compared with 2016.

Southwest Airlines, with 53,000 employees serving more than 100 million customers, annually operates a network of 101 destinations in the United States and eight additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season.