Southwest to offer service between Los Angeles, Liberia, Costa Rica

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) said it plans to complement its growing portfolio of international routes by offering nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia/Guanacaste, Costa Rica beginning in April 2016.

Southwest said it expects to operate the service daily from LAX Terminal 2, adjacent the carrier´s domestic operation in LAX Terminal 1. Flights will be available for purchase early next year at and are subject to foreign government approval.

The new international service comes as Southwest achieves several milestones in a revitalization of its LAX facilities at Terminal 1. As part of the USD508 million modernization project unfolding now in partnership with Los Angeles World Airports, a new ticketing lobby and baggage claim facility is set to open early next year. Additional facility construction will bring new entrances, additional capacity in the security checkpoint expected to open in 2017, new food options, and an overall enhanced Customer experience. The project is expected to be completed fully by 2018.

Southwest Airlines began flying to California in 1982 and now serves nine airports in the Golden State, offering more daily departures in California than any other airline.

In its 45th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines counts more than 48,000 employees who give service to more than 100 million customers annually.