On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) granted Southwest Airlines authority to serve México City and Cabo San Lucas (San José del Cabo) from Houston (Hobby). These will be amongst six new, international routes which Southwest will serve from Houston (Hobby) beginning in October, after completion of a new international facility at Hobby Airport.
Southwest began international service from Houston earlier this month, on 7 March, with seasonal, Saturday-only service to Aruba. This service is possible because Aruba is one of 15 airports in six non-US countries which offers preclearance through U.S. customs and immigration.
On the same day, Southwest also began daily service between Baltimore-Washington International and San José, Costa Rica. With these new routes, Southwest now offers 167 weekly flights to nine international destinations. Eight more weekly trips will be added in June (daily Orange County to Puerto Vallarta and weekly BWI-SJD), followed by the new Houston routes in October.
Today's Featured Map shows Southwest's planned international routes from Houston plus the new flight to Aruba, along with the international routes Southwest currently flies from other U.S. gateways.