Southwest Airlines Adds New Destinations While Extending Schedule

Southwest Airlines will be back flying to all of its early 2020 international destinations by mid-November. The news…

Southwest Airlines Adds New Destinations While Extending Schedule

Southwest Airlines will be back flying to all of its early 2020 international destinations by mid-November. The news is part of a bundle of announcements Southwest Airlines made on Thursday. On the same day, the airline also confirmed new domestic flights to Bellingham, Washington, and Syracuse, New York.

Southwest announced flights to several new and resuming destinations on Thursday. Photo: Southwest Airlines

Southwest heading back to Belize City, Nassau, Grand Cayman, and Providenciales

Southwest intends to resume services to all of its previously served international destinations by November 7, 2021. The airline is already flying to several destinations in the Caribbean and Central America. In addition, services to Belize City (BZE) will resume on November 7, services to Grand Cayman (GCM), Nassau (NAS), and Providenciales (PLS) will resume on October 7.

Flights to Grand Cayman, Nassau, and Providenciales will operate daily to and from Fort Lauderdale (FLL). Commencing November 7, Southwest Airlines will resume flights between Fort Lauderdale and Cancun (CUN) and Montego Bay (MBJ). These flights will also operate daily.

But it is not all about Fort Lauderdale. Houston also sees an international service resume. Southwest’s service to Belize City will fly daily from Houston’s Hobby Airport (HOU). Flights between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Cancun will commence on November 7. This is a seasonal service, complementing Southwest’s existing Cancun from Chicago Midway (MDW), and will operate over the upcoming northern winter.

This winter, Southwest will offer more flights from more airports in chilly Chicago down to Cancun. Photo: Southwest Airlines

Cancun is getting a lot of love from Southwest Airlines. The airline says they’ll fly to Cancun from 17 airports across the United States this upcoming winter. That also includes a Saturday only service from Kansas City (MCI), beginning November 13.

Other new Saturday only international services include flights between Denver (DEN) and Liberia (LIR), Costa Rica, flights between St Louis (STL) and San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico, and flights between Buffalo/Niagara Falls (BUF) and San Juan. All of these flights will kick off on November 13.

Southwest expands its footprint across the United States

At the same time, Southwest Airlines is significantly expanding its footprint across the United States. Beginning November 14, the airline will start flying three times a day between Baltimore/Washington (BWI) and Syracuse (SYR).

“Our latest destination in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York not only allows New Yorkers easier access to our growing network but brings the offerings of Upstate New York to our existing customers,” says Southwest’s Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Watterson.

From November 7, Bellingham (BLI) will start hosting Southwest flights from Las Vegas (LAS) and Oakland (OAK). The Las Vegas flights will operate daily, while the Oakland flights will run twice daily. Southwest Airlines hopes their new Bellingham services will prove a hit with travelers heading to southern British Columbia.

Southwest Airlines is increasing its footprint across the United States. Photo: Southwest Airlines

Southwest had previously announced it was ramping up its flights to Hawaii from Los Angeles (LAX), Las Vegas, and Phoenix (PHX). On Thursday, the airline also added a new flight between Sacramento (SMF) and Kona (KOA) on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, starting December 19.

Sacramento will also see a new daily Southwest service to Palm Springs (PSP) from October 7. From November 7, the airline will also connect Palm Springs to Dallas Love Field (DAL) with a weekly Sunday service (with additional services during peak periods). Over east, Reagan National Airport (DCA) will see daily Southwest services to Sarasota (SRQ) from November 7. On the same day, five day a week services between Sarasota and New York’s La Guardia Airport (LGA) will kick-off.

Southwest Airlines says these destinations are proving popular, and the new flights are all about offering their passengers easier access and more choices. Either way, November is going to be a big month at Southwest.

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Wizz Air Launches Its First UK Domestic Service

Following a year of notable expansions across the United Kingdom, Wizz Air UK is launching its first domestic…

Wizz Air Launches Its First UK Domestic Service

Following a year of notable expansions across the United Kingdom, Wizz Air UK is launching its first domestic service in the country. The carrier will be operating new routes to Jersey from its bases this summer.

Fares for three flights on Wizz’ Airbus A320 family aircraft will start from £17.99 one way. Photo: Wizz Air

High hopes for the UK

Wizz Air UK recently told Simple Flying of the several opportunities arising in the UK. Overall, it has ambitious plans to conquer the low-cost market here.

At the end of last year, the firm shared that it was opening a base at Wales’ Cardiff Airport. This was the airline’s fourth United Kingdom base opening, joining the ranks of Gatwick, Luton, and Doncaster Sheffield. Now, the company is showing that it’s keen to keep the momentum going with domestic flights from two of these airports.

Two services to Jersey will launch from Doncaster Sheffield and Cardiff on July 9th. These will be twice-weekly flights operating on Monday and Friday.

Wizz Air
The wider company has been covering great ground across Europe and the Middle East. Photo: Getty Images

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A word from the airline

Wizz Air UK managing director Owain Jones spoke about the launch of this service to Jersey. He highlighted the wonders of the Channel Islands with this move.

“The Wizz Air UK team is working hard to ensure that summer 2021 is not cancelled, by continuing to provide low-fare flights to the destinations that our UK customers love to travel to. After an extremely challenging year we know that our customers are looking to get away for some sunshine and relaxation. Jersey has it all: uncrowded beaches, natural beauty and rich history,” Jones said in a statement.

“We are looking forward to offering our customers in Doncaster Sheffield and Cardiff, where we will soon open our new base, the opportunity to explore Jersey and the surrounding Channel Islands. The Wizz Air UK crew will be welcoming passengers on board our young and green aircraft to provide the excellent onboard service we are known for.”

Along with the natural sights, Jersey has an interesting heritage, which includes its importance during World War II. For instance, an underground hospital complex was built during the war.

Jersey, Channel Islands
Jersey is a self-governing dependency of the UK. Photo: Getty Images

A refined approach

Wizz Air joins British Airways with this Jersey focus following the flag carrier of the UK’s announcement of a new service from London City Airport earlier this spring. Jersey has long been a tourism hot spot. Notably, it was a focus city for Flybe, which also set flight to neighboring Guernsey. There are only a handful of places that British travelers can hop to with minimal restrictions currently amid the government’s traffic light system and overseas requirements.

However, since the Channel Islands are part of the Common Travel Area with the UK, Ireland, and the Isle of Man, passengers do not need to take a coronavirus test or quarantine on arrival in England. So, it’s not a surprise that airlines would be keen to ramp up services to Jersey amid the ongoing restrictions across the continents.

What are your thoughts about Wizz Air’s plans in the United Kingdom? Are you looking to fly with the carrier this summer? Let us know what you think of the airline and its plans in the comment section.

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