MIAMI – Southwest Airlines, which carries more passengers on flights inside the US than any other, will inaugurate this Sunday a new route with one direct flight daily between the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Cancun, Mexico.
The fare for the southbound flight starts at $89 plus tax, and the type of aircraft serving the route will be the Boeing 737-700.
“With four destinations in Mexico and more than a dozen flights a day from Cancun to nine US cities without stopovers, we’re excited to add a daily service between South Florida and the Maya Riviera,” Southwest Airlines senior VP of ground operations and provisioning for Florida, Steve Goldberg, said in a statement sent to EFE.
The connection between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Cancun International Airport (CUN) will be inaugurated this Sunday with the first flight taking off at 11:00 am.
“The new Southwest flight is great news,” said Lizzie Cole, director of Cancun’s Visitors and Conventions Office (OVC), adding that these flights “are absolutely critical for keeping us growing as one of the most popular tourist destinations.”
Cancun remains one of Mexico’s favorite destinations and its international airport handled last April 8 the record number of 619 flights – 177 domestic and 442 international – which meant moving 86,000 passengers in a single day.
With 46 years in service, Southwest has 54,000 employees serving its 100 million passengers a year, with more than 3,900 departures a day during the high season, according to the airline’s records.
Besides the Fort Lauderdale-Cancun connection, the company will offer non-stop flights from the same Florida airport to Montego Bay in Jamaica and to Belize, and very soon a flight to the Caribbean island of Grand Cayman.