While we’re all still sweating through summer 2017, let’s talk about March 2018. Southwest Airlines’ new schedule debuted today effective March 8 through April 6. With 4,012 weekday flights, an increase of nearly 260 a day over February of 2018, you have to think we have some surprises in store. And you would be right! Such interesting surprises, in fact, that we need to chat. Pour yourself a glass of lemonade and let’s dive in.
Indianapolis will take its place as our 17th international gateway next March with Saturday nonstops to and from beautiful Cancun! It turns out that when Hoosiers aren’t enjoying basketball, football or auto racing, they love a trip down to the tip of the Yucatan.
Cancun continues to be a great Southwest success story—in March of ’18 we’ll offer nonstops between 12 U.S. gateways and Cancun with up to 21 operations a day. I think that’s cause for a fiesta!
Beautiful Aruba also gets some attention in March, when we shift our Aruba-Orlando nonstop to our digs in the new Ft. Lauderdale International Terminal! The new Aruba-Ft. Lauderdale daily roundtrip will not only offer South Florida a new way to get to the Netherland Antilles, it offers a consolidated, single-terminal international experience for Southwest Customers from elsewhere in the U.S. And Southwest is growing our international footprint from Ft. Lauderdale quickly—Aruba will be the 10th international destination served from this gateway. Aruba also has a PreClear set up thanks to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection so it makes connecting back in the states a breeze since you arrive as if you’re a domestic traveler.
Domestically, we will permanently shift our Dallas/Love-Milwaukee nonstop to Houston/Hobby-Milwaukee service. And to accommodate March’s Spring Break traffic surge, we’re continuing to seasonally tweak markets and frequencies, adding a few new ones, bringing many back, and ending a few. As with most March schedules, beach cities and ski destinations figure prominently on the list. All of the details are in the chart below.