Southwest Airlines, America’s largest domestic carrier, has commenced international service with flights to the Caribbean. Southwest Flight 1804 on July 1 from Baltimore, Washington to Oranjestad, Aruba marked the first international flight, followed by Flight 906 to Montego Bay, Jamaica. As part of the integration of its subsidiary AirTran Airways, the airline will take over its routes to the Bahamas, Aruba, and Jamaica with departures from Atlanta, Baltimore, Orlando, Boston, and Pittsburgh. The airline also plans to serve the holiday destinations of Cancun and Los Cabos, Mexico, beginning August 10. Service to Mexico City and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, will begin November 2. The low-cost carrier will allow passengers to carry two bags free of charge though size and weight will be regulated. Southwest eventually plans to serve 96 destinations in six countries as they continue their integration of AirTran and expansion.
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