atrude777
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SWA/FL-New DEN/AUS-CUN Service Announced

Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:08 pm

Southwest Airlines Announces New Flights From Denver and Austin to Cancun Operated by AirTran Airways

Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways Announce New US Gateways for Customers Traveling to Mexico

DALLAS, Feb. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and its wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways announced today the carriers received route authority approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for AirTran to operate new international flights between Denver International Airport and Cancun International Airport and between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Cancun International Airport.* Austin is a new market for AirTran Airways, joining Denver and Cancun on AirTran's current route map. AirTran's new international flight schedule will now include the following flights:

Between Denver and Cancun:

Daily roundtrip service starting April 16, 2012, through July 7, 2012
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday service starting July 8, 2012, through Aug. 12, 2012
Saturday and Sunday service starting Aug. 13, 2012, through the end of the schedule (currently Sept. 28, 2012)

Between Austin and Cancun:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday roundtrip flights starting May 25, 2012, through Aug. 31, 2012
Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday roundtrip flights starting Sept. 1, 2012, through the end of the schedule (currently Sept. 28, 2012)


Looks like Air Tran will be entering some more Southwest Markets too..

In addition to the new international service, AirTran will operate new domestic roundtrip service between Houston Hobby and San Antonio and between Houston Hobby and Austin to support the international flying. The new service between Houston and San Antonio begins May 24, 2012, and the new service between Houston and Austin begins May 25, 2012. Both roundtrips are scheduled to operate through the end of the current flight schedule (which is Sept. 28, 2012).

Source:
www.southwest.com or www.airtran.com

http://www.blogsouthwest.com/blog/so...in-cancun-operated-airtran-airways

Very exciting times indeed to see more international Expansion for SWA. CUN really seems to be the focus right now!

I really hope this codeshare gets implemented ASAP because otherwise as someone who lives in STL and likes to travel on SWA, this service does no good for me, as I cannot book STL-DEN/HOU-CUN, will be forced to book Air Tran STL-ATL-CUN at the moment.

Alex

[Edited 2012-02-03 06:12:06]

[Edited 2012-02-03 06:15:05]
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MaverickM11
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RE: SWA/FL-New DEN/AUS-CUN Service Announced

Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:17 pm

They're JUST putting DENCUN on sale for APR12? That should do great with their cost premium and short booking window.
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SANFan
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RE: SWA/FL-New DEN/AUS-CUN Service Announced

Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:29 pm

Looks like we definitely have a new growth zone for WN -- AUS! Congrat's to the folks in Texas' capital city for some more recognition as a fast-growing part of the U.S., and, from what I keep reading, a wonderful place to live and work.

I sure wouldn't be surprised to see lots more Mexico, as well as domestic routes, announced in the next year from Austin.

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atrude777
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RE: SWA/FL-New DEN/AUS-CUN Service Announced

Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:33 pm

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 1):
They're JUST putting DENCUN on sale for APR12? That should do great with their cost premium and short booking window.

Is that April 2012 or April 12th? Not that it makes a diff but the start date is actually April 16th, 2012, yes I know I am being nitpicky since your point still stands!  
Quoting SANFan (Reply 2):
I sure wouldn't be surprised to see lots more Mexico, as well as domestic routes, announced in the next year from Austin.

I am rooting for STL-AUS to be announced next since we got STL-SAT announced too.

So now if I am looking at everything correctly, combined Southwest and Air Tran (tho at this point this is all Air Tran metal flying) they will be serving CUN from...ATL, BWI, MKE, SAT, AUS, DEN?

Alex
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Mikey711MN
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RE: SWA/FL-New DEN/AUS-CUN Service Announced

Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:34 pm

Quoting SANFan (Reply 2):
Looks like we definitely have a new growth zone for WN -- AUS! Congrat's to the folks in Texas' capital city for some more recognition as a fast-growing part of the U.S., and, from what I keep reading, a wonderful place to live and work.

It is, SANFan, and perhaps my antiquated login suggests as much (I relocated from the midwest, as many here have!). I'd say you should stop reading and come on down for a weekend!  

That said, I'm pretty excited to see new service here in AUS, and I'm hoping that it will have a better chance than the several AUS-CUN flights offered by others in the past, e.g. DL, CO, et. al.

Given the FIS situation in HOU, I'm particularly curious if WN is running some numbers on opening more Mexico service from here instead. SAT may be more appealing with higher O&D to Mexican cities I would imagine.

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