Southwest Airlines Adds Overseas Routes From Kansas City

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Southwest Airlines has unveiled four new routes it will launch in October 2023, including two near-international services from Kansas City International Airport (MCI), Missouri.

From Oct. 7, the Dallas-based carrier will open seasonal flights from MCI to both Montego Bay (MBJ) in Jamaica and Los Cabos (SJD) in Mexico. The routes will be operated 1X-weekly on Saturdays only.

The carrier already operates service between Kansas City and Cancun (CUN) in Mexico; from Oct. 5, that route will be flown daily.

The expansion of Southwest’s service from MCI comes on the heels of the airport opening a new $1.5 billion, 1-million-ft.² terminal at the end of February. The carrier has around a 50% market share at MCI. 

Also from Oct. 7, Southwest will add two routes from Long Beach (LGB) in California: Boise (BOI) in Idaho and Portland in Oregon (PDX). Both routes will be operated daily.

According to LGB, Southwest holds 45 of 58 daily slots available at the airport.

Aaron Karp

Aaron Karp is a Contributing Editor to the Aviation Week Network.