Southwest Airlines Speeds Up Its International Ambition

Southwest Airlines Speeds Up Its International AmbitionSouthwest continues widening its route network and succeeding in its plans of going International.

Some years back it acquired AirTran Airways mainly to speed up its aspirations to go international with its new international concourse at Hobby Airport in Houston.

The first step is small for Southwest Airlines and is starting international service from Thursday from Houston with daily flights from to six cities in Mexico and Central America.

It plans to add two more flights in the beginning of November with two more international destinations Costa Rica and Montego Bay from Houston.

Gary Kelly, Southwest's CEO said that the terminal finally would be able to support around twenty five international departures daily and that leaves more possibilities for the carrier to add new destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America. Some new routes would most probably be added next year but the airline has not yet announced anything regarding them.

At present, Southwest operates 3,600 or more flights daily flights and adding a few roundtrip international flights from Houston will not really have any large impact on the overall performance of the carrier. The carriers U.S market is saturating fast and it surely needs to look at international prospects.