Southwest Airlines begins service today from its new International Concourse A in Fort Lauderdale to four cities – Belize City, Cancun, Grand Cayman and Montego Bay. The five gate international concourse was previewed on Thursday by The Miami Herald.
Each route will be served daily initially with Cancun moving to three times a day beginning November 5 and twice a day to Montego Bay beginning also on the 5th of November. That day Southwest will also inaugurate service to Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos, Punta Cana and San Jose, Costa Rica.
For November and December Southwest will operate 16 daily international flights in addition to three flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico making a total of 19 flights to Caribbean, Central American and Mexican destinations. Southwest has been tentatively awarded service from Fort Lauderdale to Mexico City by the DOT to commence in 2018 – however that reward has yet to be ratified by Mexican authorities.
Full Fort Lauderdale Southwest international/Puerto Rico flight list below:
(As of November 2017)
Belize City 1 x daily
Cancun 3 x daily (JetBlue and Spirit also fly this route but will have less flights combined weekly than Southwest come November)
Grand Cayman 1 x daily
Havana 2 x daily (JetBlue also flies this route)
Montego Bay 2 x daily (JetBlue, Spirit and Caribbean Airlines also fly this route)
Nassau 1 x daily# (JetBlue, Bahamasair and Sky Bahamas also fly this route)
Providenciales (JetBlue flues this route) 1 x daily
Punta Cana 1 x daily (JetBlue and Spirit also fly this route)
San Jose, Costa Rica 1 x daily (JetBlue and Spirit also fly this route)
San Juan 3 x daily* (JetBlue and Spirit also fly this route)
Santa Clara 1 x daily (JetBlue also flies this route)
Varadero 2 x daily
# Nassau is a pre-clearance destination so passengers clear US customs in Nassau.
* San Juan is a domestic destination but requires international overflight authority.