Southwest files to operate nonstop service from 3 Florida airports

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) has filed an application with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting approval to serve Cuba with daily nonstop flights from the carrier´s three busiest airports in Florida: Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL); Tampa Bay International Airport (TPA); and Orlando International Airport (MCO), the airline said.

The carrier applied to serve Havana (HAV) from all three Florida cities and additionally to serve Varadero (VRA) and Santa Clara (SNU) from Ft. Lauderdale (Miami Area). Upon approval, Southwest intends to initiate service to Cuba later this year.

As part of the effort to bring low-fare competition and Customer-friendly travel options to Cuba, the carrier is asking Customers to take action and support Southwest´s Countdown to Cuba by visiting to sign a petition in support of Southwest´s proposed Cuba service.

In its 45th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers. It 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.