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may 25

Southwest is Going International

(Courtesy Southwest Airlines)

After taking over AirTran, Southwest Airlines is adding more flights with the budget carrier to the Caribbean and Mexico as well as adding new routes.

Your trip to the beach just got easier Southwest Airlines has announced that they are increasing flights to the Caribbean and the Mexican coast on AirTran (the airlines merged last year). As of May 24, there are now four nonstop flights a week from San Antonio to Cancun, four weekly flights from Austin to Cancun, plus two daily nonstop flights daily from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan, Puerto Rico. On June 3, the airline will launch a daily nonstop from California's Orange County to Cabo San Lucas plus a daily nonstop from Chicago to Cancun.

This is all part of a step by Southwest to break into the international market. All of AirTrans flights (both domestic and international) will eventually transition to be under the Southwest banner. The airline also announced that a new international booking system is being developed, and there are plans to build a new five-gate international terminal at Hobby Airport in Houston by 2015.

And don't worry that all these new routes and a new terminal will raise fares. A Southwest executive told USA Today that the prices are going to get even lower.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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