New Southwest Flights to Grand Cayman and Other Caribbean Locales

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I wish they would offer direct flights from Chicago MDW to Grand Cayman!

Southwest adds service in Cincinnati and Grand Cayman, dumps Dayton, in scheduling shakeup

Jan 5, 2017, 8:53am CST

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is heading to the Cincinnati region's airport while pulling out of Dayton, Ohio, the airline announced today (Jan. 5).

Southwest (NYSE: LUV) also announced today new flights to Grand Cayman, subject to required governmental approvals. The Cincinnati and Grand Cayman flights are scheduled to begin June 4, 2017.

The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport has been aggressively courting low-cost airlines such as Southwest. Rival airlines have historically shunned the Cincinnati airport because of Delta’s control of the market. But Atlanta-based Delta has cut flights due to its merger with Northwest Airlines, opening opportunities for competitors.

“The addition of Cincinnati is yet another example of how we are connecting communities across the nation with our unmatched schedule and network, full-sized Boeing 737s, and customer-friendly policies that you’ll only find at Southwest,” Dave Harvey, Southwest Airlines’ managing director of business development, said in a news release.

From Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, the carrier initially will offer nonstop service to Chicago Midway International Airport and Baltimore/Washington. Fares are available for as low as $49 one-way between Cincinnati and Baltimore and between Cincinnati and Chicago Midway, Southwest’s news release says.

The airline is also adding new nonstop service between Cleveland and Atlanta with fares starting as low as $69 one-way. Additionally, the carrier will add a second daily flight between Cleveland and St. Louis.

The carrier also announced that service to airports in both Akron-Canton and Dayton, Ohio, will end June 3, 2017. Employees in those cities have been offered other opportunities within Southwest, according to the airline’s news release.

Southwest also filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to serve Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman daily from Fort Lauderdale beginning June 4, 2017.

On the same date, Southwest expects to begin offering new daily international nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay, Belize, and Cancun, alongside existing service to Havana, Varadero and Santa Clara in Cuba as well as Nassau, The Bahamas.

Southwest will also add daily, intra-Florida service nonstop between Fort Lauderdale and Orlando as well as new daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Washington D.C. (Dulles), daily service between Fort Lauderdale and Philadelphia, twice daily service between Tampa and New York LaGuardia, and weekend nonstop service between Pensacola and Denver.

Throughout California, Southwest continues adding to its schedule and network as well. On June 4, 2017, the carrier is adding new nonstop service between Portland, Ore. and San Francisco, between San Jose and Reno, and seasonal nonstop service between Oakland and New York via Newark. The carrier will also add new nonstop service between San Diego and Boise, and between San Diego and Salt Lake City, and seasonal nonstop service between San Diego and Newark, Spokane, and Indianapolis.

Also on June 4, the carrier is adding new nonstop flights between New York via Newark and Indianapolis, and between Nashville and Minneapolis.

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