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Southwest Airlines interested in Cuba flights

Unread post by bimjim » Fri Jan 23, 2015

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Southwest Airlines interested in Cuba flights
Dawn Gilbertson, The Republic
January 22, 2015

Southwest Airlines will consider flying to Cuba when commercial flights by U.S. carriers become a reality.

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly cautioned, however, that the Caribbean nation is one of nearly 50 destinations outside the continental U.S. on its radar for future expansion. The list includes Hawaii and Alaska.

"It's something that's intriguing, and something that we'll look at, but we've got a lot of those intriguing opportunities,'' he said on a conference call with reporters today.

Other major airlines have also expressed an interest in offering flights to Cuba since the U.S. government announced in December that it was easing travel restrictions between the two countries as part of a broader program to normalize relations with Cuba. The specifics were announced last week.

Southwest, which has one of its biggest operations at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, has been expanding internationally since it purchased AirTran Airways a few years ago. The airline offers flights to the Caribbean and Mexico.

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