Southwest Airlines has announced plans to launch flights to Cincinnati and Grand Cayman, subject to government approvals, starting June 4, 2017.
From Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), the carrier initially will offer nonstop service to Chicago (Midway) and Baltimore/Washington, allowing Cincinnati travelers to utilize Southwest's all-Boeing 737 fleet to access many of the more than 100 destinations Southwest serves across the United States, Caribbean, and Latin America.
The airline is also adding new nonstop service between Cleveland and Atlanta. The carrier announced service to airports in both Akron-Canton and Dayton, Ohio, will end June 3, 2017. Employees in those cities have been offered other opportunities within Southwest.
In Florida, Southwest is six months away from the opening of a new international concourse, known as Concourse A, at Terminal 1 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport by significantly increasing its international flight schedule for South Florida to a total of eight international nonstop destinations. The carrier has also filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to serve Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman daily from Fort Lauderdale beginning June 4, 2017, provided the service receives requisite governmental approvals. On the same date, the carrier expects to begin operations from the new five gate international concourse, offering new daily international nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay, Belize, and Cancun, alongside existing service to three cities in Cuba--Havana, Varadero, and Santa Clara--as well as Nassau, The Bahamas.
Southwest will also add daily, intra-Florida service nonstop between Fort Lauderdale and Orlando as well as new daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Washington D.C. (Dulles), daily service between Fort Lauderdale and Philadelphia, twice daily service between Tampa and New York LaGuardia, and weekend nonstop service between Pensacola and Denver.
Throughout California, on June 4, 2017, the carrier is adding new nonstop service between Portland, OR and San Francisco, between San Jose and Reno, and seasonal nonstop service between Oakland and New York via Newark. The carrier will also add new nonstop service between San Diego and Boise, and between San Diego and Salt Lake City, and seasonal nonstop service between San Diego and Newark, Spokane, and Indianapolis.
Also on June 4, 2017, the carrier is adding new nonstop flights between New York via Newark and Indianapolis, and between Nashville and Minneapolis.