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Southwest’s International Future Isn’t Near—It’s Here!

lblumberg
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Southwest Airlines launches its first ever international flights on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The first flight landed in Montego Bay, Jamaica. // Michael Nutting
Southwest Airlines launches its first ever international flights on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The first flight landed in Montego Bay, Jamaica. // Michael Nutting
Yesterday marked an important milestone in Southwest Company history, as we launched inaugural international service to Caribbean destinations: Aruba, Montego Bay, and Nassau. Our international Customers at Baltimore/Washington, Orlando, and Atlanta celebrated alongside our Employees as we kicked off our service to warmer waters.  The inaugural flight to Aruba from Baltimore/Washington pushed back ontime at 8:30 a.m., and the rest is literally history.  For scenes from yesterday’s launches and landings, check out the video below. This international milestone was years in the making.  Our CEO Gary Kelly has always said, AirTran laid the framework for Southwest’s oversea adventures—this milestone has come quicker than we imagined.  By building on AirTran’s steady foundation, we are able to honor the AirTran legacy.  Our People from Teams and departments across the network have been working tirelessly to make our international dreams a reality.  In addition, we have the best airport partners who ensure our success at locations across the system—now, across the globe.  Thank you to everyone whose efforts, large and small, are helping us become the World’s Most Loved, Most Flown, and Most Profitable Airline.  
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djotham
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When will wee see more than one flight per week from ATL-AUA for September and beyond? Current schedule mandates a one week trip.
millie-richter-
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Hi Damon ... We’re treating ATL-AUA as a very seasonal market, with daily service in the summer, and Saturday-only service other times of the year, and no nonstop service when traffic just doesn’t warrant it. Of course, as we build our international service brand—we’d love to be in this market daily year-round!
hkane
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Southwest should start service SDF-NAS and have it on the Boeing 737-800 or make it an option on southwest.com to book flight from SDF- some where international like NAS. (NAS-Nassau SDF- Louisville)