Southwest Airlines is expanding in the Caribbean Basin, the company announced this week.
The carrier said it would begin offering daily flights between Los Angeles and Liberia, Costa Rica in April 2016.
“This new link for our Customers in the LA Basin to Costa Rica’s growing resort and ecotourism region will bring to the market a value only Southwest can offer with bags fly free*, no change fees, and low fares, all alongside our famously friendly Customer Service,” said Andrew Watterson, Southwest Airlines Senior Vice President of Network & Revenue Management. “We proudly carry more passengers to and from California airports than any other airline and continue to invest in the Golden State by adding new short, medium, and long-haul service this year from all nine of our California airports.”
Southwest began its first-ever international flights in July 2014 with several new Caribbean destinations, and has been rapidly expanding.
Much of that growth has come at Houston’s Hobby Airport, and it’s now reaching new hubs.
“I’m pleased to welcome Southwest Airlines’ first new international route out of LAX,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “This new international flight will contribute to the expanding relationship between Southern California and Latin America while bringing over $600 million annually to our local economy and supporting thousands of jobs for Angelenos.”