Southwest Airlines’ Future Is South America, Canada And Hawaii
After a couple of years from launching its international flights, the CEO of Southwest Airlines, Garry Kelly said that their Dallas based airline’s expansion plans in the future will go further than the 48 states.
Southwest Airlines to take on more international routes
Kelly mentioned that he would love to see Southwest after 5 years in Hawaii and serving Canada as well as destinations in the Caribbean. He is also sure that they will add more flights bound for Mexico.
He added that the better fuel efficient model of the famous commercial aircraft from Boeing, the 737 MAX will open a lot more destinations for their company.
He explained that the 737 MAX is a better aircraft than what they have currently for Hawaii which makes it possible to give them additional range in miles.
He further added that with this aircraft, South American destinations like Bogota in Colombia is getting feasible.
Kelly mentioned that they have the possible reach to six cities in South America, and the cities there are in their list too.
The CEO gave these comments while on a break from their Halloween festivities last October 31 at their headquarters.
Southwest Airlines in the next weeks and months
On the 13th of November, Southwest will begin with their daily passenger service going to Varodero in Cuba from Fort Lauderdale. Meanwhile on the 12th of December, they will inaugurate their flights going to Havana in Cuba from Fort Lauderdale as well.
He is also looking forward to bigger opportunities with the upcoming bilateral agreement between the US and Mexico.
With this agreement, the cap on the daily flights between the US and Mexico will be eliminated. They are already planning to add more flights to Mexico from LAX in Los Angeles.
The CEO said that they will add a moderate number of flights around 3 to 4 from LAX to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. They will add more overtime, he adds.
It will definitely be easier to do Tours to South America as well as to other top destinations due to airlines like Southwest looking to service more international routes.