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January 27, 2014

Southwest announces flights to Aruba, Bahamas and Jamaica starting July 1

To the sound of steel drums playing Caribbean music, Southwest Airlines announced it will fly to Aruba, Bahamas and Jamaica starting on July 1, the first international destinations served by the Dallas-based carrier.

The flights which will depart from Southwest’s terminals in Atlanta, Baltimore and Orlando are currently served by Southwest’s subsidiary AirTran Airways. Southwest purchased AirTran in May 2011.

“By the end of this year, all of the international flying that is currently taking place on AirTran will be converted over to Southwest,” said Southwest chief executive Gary Kelly at a press conference at the company’s Dallas Love Field headquarters on Monday..

Tickets went on sale on Monday for the flights.

-Andrea Ahles

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