Southwest Airlines has expanded its service to various new destinations, including Orlando, Mexico, the Caribbean, and other parts of the world, and these new routes will begin during the summer of 2019.
On Thursday, the airline made the announcement that beginning on June 4, 2024, it will begin offering nonstop flights between Orlando and Cancun, Grand Cayman, Nassau, Providenciales in Turks and Caicos, Punta Cana, and San José, Costa Rica.
These destinations are all in addition to the ones already served by the airline. The route also stops in Punta Cana and Nassau, both of which are popular tourist destinations. These flights will be added to the schedule in addition to the existing international routes that Southwest already serves departing and arriving from Orlando, including those to and from Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Aruba.
On the same day, Southwest will add daily nonstop service between Burbank, California, and Boise, Kansas City, New Orleans, San Antonio, and St. Louis. This expansion of Southwest’s West Coast service will occur on the same day. This new phase will begin on the same day as the previous one. In addition, the airline will start flying a new route connecting Colorado Springs and Baltimore without making any stops daily.
In addition, Southwest Airlines will introduce new seasonal routes in the summer of 2019 between Dallas and Buffalo, New York; Fresno, California; Providence, Rhode Island; and Spokane, Washington. These routes will all be served by Southwest. These flights will be available to passengers only on Saturdays.
Southwest Airlines claims that adding these flights will bring the airline’s departure schedule to a “all-time high” of more than 4,500 departures. This information comes from Southwest Airlines.
The expansion of Southwest comes around the same time that the airline made it simpler for passengers to advance their status in the year 2024. Specifically, the airline decreased the number of qualifying flights required to reach both A-List and A-List Preferred status, and it also made it easier for customers to earn points with credit cards that qualified for Southwest’s rewards program. Both of these changes were made in an effort to increase customer satisfaction.
In addition, for a limited time only, the airline is making it easier to acquire the popular Companion Pass by offering a bonus of double the points that can be used to qualify for the pass on those flights to registered passengers who fly before November 30. This bonus is only available for a limited time and will end on November 30.
Southwest Airlines is well-known for its policy that does not charge change fees and allows passengers to check up to two bags without incurring additional fees. As a direct consequence of this policy, some peculiar items have been brought on board, which is something that Southwest is actively working to rectify.
Additionally, earlier this year, the airline made the decision to allow all passengers to fly same-day standby for free, bringing its policies in line with those of other major airlines in the United States.