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Southwest Takes Off to Mexico via Their Wholly Owned Subsidiary, AirTran. | Airline News

Southwest Takes Off to Mexico

Southwest Airlines lands new service to Mexico from Orange County and San Antonio via its wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways.  The airlines received route authority approval from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for AirTran to operate the international flights as early as May 24, 2012.

The new routes include a daily round-trip between Orange County (SNA) and Cabo San Lucas (SJD) as well as one daily between Orange County and Mexico City.   From San Antonio (SAT), AirTran will start four weekly round-trips to Cancun as well as a daily round-trip to Mexico City (MEX).

To support the new international flights out of Orange County’s John Wayne International Airport, a market AirTran does not currently serve, AirTran will add domestic service between San Francisco and Orange County with one daily roundtrip flight, and one daily roundtrip flight between Las Vegas and Orange County, beginning June 3, 2012.

“With the DOT’s approval, we are excited to now make these destinations available for sale to both AirTran and Southwest’s Customers,” said Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer and AirTran Airways President. “The new service is another direct benefit of Southwest’s acquisition of AirTran as we take low fares farther by expanding our route maps to more places Customers want to go.”

A fare sale has been launched to celebrate the new routes; these new routes must be booked with AirTran or a travel professional.

At the moment, AirTran is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines; the two carriers are in the process of a merger and will keep the Southwest name.

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