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The Baha Mar in Nassau, The Bahamas.

Southwest Airlines Is Adding More New Caribbean Flights

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - December 15, 2019

Low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines is adding more new routes to the Caribbean next year — to The Bahamas, Cozumel and Puerto Rico.

The company, which has been rapidly expanding its Caribbean network over the past several years, has announced plans to launch three new routes to the Caribbean for the summer of 2020. 

That will be highlighted by a new route from Houston Hobby Airport to Nassau in The Bahamas, with service set to launch June 13. 

That route will operate weekly on Saturdays. 

Southwest Airlines is also adding a new twice-daily flight from Houston to the increasingly popular tourism destination of Cozumel just off the Caribbean coast of Mexico. 

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That route is slated to launch March 7, 2020, subject to government approvals. 

The new flights from Houston are part of a growing expansion for Southwest at Hobby, where it continues to ramp up its Caribbean operations, from Punta Cana to Providenciales. 

And Puerto Rico’s ongoing airlift boom is continuing with another new route from Southwest Airlines. 

Southwest is launching a new nonstop route from Nashville, Tenn. to San Juan, Puerto Rico beginning in June. 

The new flights, which will operate weekly on Saturdays, will also begin operating on June 13, 2020. 

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It’s yet another new route for Puerto Rico, which has seen booming air arrivals so far this year thanks to a comparatively massive increase in flights from across the continental United States. 

That’s helped contribute to what Puerto Rico tourism officials call a tourism sector on the island that is “stronger than ever.”

That’s been boosted by a surge in new flights, both from traditional powers like Delta to upstart carriers like Frontier (which just added three new routes to Puerto Rico) and the fast-growing Spirit, which keeps adding to an already strong network of flight options to Puerto Rico.  

— CJ

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