San Juan Becomes Southwest’s First Destination Outside Continental U.S.

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Southwest Airlines now offers for sale nonstop service from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Orlando and Tampa Bay, for travel beginning on Sunday, April 14, 2013.

Beginning in April, Southwest will operate three daily nonstop flights between Orlando and San Juan and one daily nonstop flight between Tampa Bay and San Juan, as the carrier transitions these routes from AirTran-operated city pairs.

“Southwest celebrates San Juan, Puerto Rico, as our first venture beyond the continental United States,” said Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer and AirTran Airways President, Bob Jordan. “AirTran has done a wonderful job establishing a presence in this market, and Southwest is proud to continue that legacy and extend our vast network of destinations, exceptional Customer Service, and convenient low fares to the San Juan community.”

“We are excited about Southwest’s arrival into Puerto Rico to offer its legendary Customer Service. It is an honor to be Southwest’s first destination outside the continental United States. The Puerto Rico Tourism Company and all Puerto Rican travelers welcome this new carrier to our Island and know that this new service will provide great opportunities for growth into the airline’s robust network, and great connectivity to the west coast markets in the U.S.,” said Luis G. Rivera Marin, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

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