Southwest Airlines has published its flight schedule through Jan. 4, 2021—bringing travelers in key Southwest cities additional flights and new routes during a period that includes additional leisure travel for the autumn and winter holidays.
According to a press statement released on Thursday, Southwest continues to monitor conditions in 14 international destinations but plans to resume service to Mexico and the Caribbean via Cancun, San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Havana, Montego Bay, and Nassau on July 1, 2020, subject to change.
Service to the carrier’s other international destinations will resume pending the easing of government restrictions.
“We’re rounding out our plan for this unprecedented year with our business travelers in mind with a fourth quarter schedule that brings them new routes across the country. We’re also offering more flights for all of our Customers in places such as Denver, Las Vegas, Nashville, and Phoenix,” said Andrew Watterson, Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer. “We anticipate business travelers will hit the road with a heightened focus on costs, so we’re pairing unmatched schedules with our value and Hospitality to welcome them back, whenever they’re ready to travel.”
Southwest is making it easier for business travelers to get moving when they’re ready. Earlier this month, Southwest started taking new business travel bookings via Travelport’s Apollo and Worldpsan Global Distribution Systems (GDS) with industry-standard processes and settling by Airlines Reporting Corporation. By partnering with Travelport to bring Southwest’s business- relevant content to the GDS, travel decision managers can book, modify, and manage their organization’s travel at their fingertips.
“Never before has Southwest been more primed to emerge as the preferred choice of corporate travel as the business climate across America begins its recovery,” Watterson added.
Southwest Airlines is betting on its history of growing out of economic slowdowns to be among the first airlines to resume a full flight schedule after the coronavirus pandemic.
Major airlines such as American, Delta, and United are warning staff that they will be significantly smaller at the end of the year compared to 2019. American and Delta have retired hundreds of jets, while American plans to cut its management staff by as much as 30%.