Southwest Airlines Begins Cuba Service Nonstop From Ft. Lauderdale To
Varadero, Announces Santa Clara Service Plans
PR Newswire November 13, 2016
DALLAS, Nov. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) today
inaugurated service between South Florida and Cuba with the scheduled
11:00 a.m. EST departure of Southwest Flight 3914 to Varadero (VRA) from
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). 143 Passengers
and a Crew of five Southwest Employees donned Cuban-style hats as the
aircraft departed to an orchestra playing Caribbean music and a drumroll
by renowned bandleader Tito Puente, Jr.
"Our Employees have worked hard to open this route and a new chapter for
people who want to connect with Cuba in ways that matter most to them,"
said Steve Goldberg, Southwest Airlines' Vice President of Ground
Operations who is also Southwest's executive ambassador to
Florida. Goldberg also announced Southwest intends to begin once daily
service from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara, Cuba (SNU) on Thursday,
Dec. 15, 2016, subject to requisite approvals of the Cuban
government. "By the end of this year, we'll offer six daily roundtrips
between two Florida gateways and three Cuban cities as the work
continues to open a new, five-gate international concourse here in Fort
Lauderdale next summer."
In celebration of the announcement of new service to Santa Clara,
Southwest is offering a special fare of $59 one-way* on nonstop flights
from Ft. Lauderdale to Santa Clara (14-day advance purchase required,
today through Nov. 20, 2016, 11:59 p.m. in the time zone of the
originating city for travel Dec. 15, 2016, through April 24, 2017).
Please see below for valid travel days and complete terms &
conditions. Check Southwest.com/Cuba for requirements regarding travel
to Cuba and date-specific flight schedules for daily nonstop and other
published connecting service.
On Oct.13, Southwest announced its flight schedule of new nonstop
service between Florida and both Varadero and Havana. Cuba is the ninth
country served by Southwest, with Havana marking a historic 100th
destination. Service between Havana (HAV) and both Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Tampa International
Airport (TPA) begins Dec. 12, 2016, subject to requisite approvals of
the Cuban government. Southwest street teams surprised residents with
$100 Southwest Gift Cards across both greater Fort Lauderdale and Tampa
Bay to spread awareness of the new routes. The carrier's social media
community followed the day's events through hashtag #Southwest100.
The carrier continues to plan for available seat mile (ASM) growth in
the 5-6 percent range in 2016.
*FARE TERMS & CONDITIONS
14-day advance purchase required. Fares available for purchase today
through Nov. 20, 2016,11:59 p.m. in the time zone of the originating
city for travel Dec. 15, 2016, through April 24, 2017. Fares are valid
only on nonstop service. Displayed prices include all U.S. and
international government taxes and fees. If traveling to Cuba, fares
include Cuban Government mandatory health insurance. Rapid Rewards®
Points bookings do not include taxes, fees, and other government/airport
charges of at least $5.60 per one way flight. Seats and days are
limited. Fares may vary by destination, flight, and day of week and
won't be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel
times and holiday periods. Travel is available for one-way Wanna Get
Away® fares. Fares may be combined with other Southwest Airlines®
combinable fares. If combining fares, the most restrictive fare rules
apply. Sale fares may be available on other days of week, but that's not
guaranteed. Fares are nonrefundable but may be applied toward future
travel on Southwest®, as long as reservations are canceled at least ten
minutes prior to scheduled departure. Failure to cancel prior to
departure will result in forfeiture of remaining funds on the
reservation. Any change in itinerary may result in an increase in fare.
Standby travel requires travelers who are not Rapid Rewards® A-List or
A-List Preferred Members to upgrade to the Anytime fare. Fares are
subject to change until ticketed. Offer applies only to published,
scheduled service. Every passenger traveling to Cuba must certify that
they are eligible to travel to Cuba under one of 12 general license
categories, a specific license, or as a Cuban National.
Source: Southwest Airlines Begins Cuba Service Nonstop From Ft.
Lauderdale To Varadero, Announces Santa Clara Service Plans -