Southwest Airlines to launch more international flights with opening of new Concourse A at FLL

Southwest is counting down to the opening of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s new Concourse A in Terminal 1, when the airline will launch a swath of new international flights.

The Dallas-based airline (NYSE: LUV) this week announced it would launch nonstop daily flights between FLL and San José, Costa Rica and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, which start in November. On June 4, the airline previously announced it would launch multiple nonstop flights between FLL and Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grand Cayman; Belize and Cancun, Mexico. The new service next month coincides with the opening of five new gates at the airport. Click on the slideshow to see renderings of FLL’s new Concourse A in Terminal 1.

“We’re really excited to continue to build our business in South Florida,” said Steve Goldberg, Senior VP of ground operations and provisioning at Southwest.

Southwest already has international service from FLL with its existing routes to Nassau, Bahamas and Havana, Varadero and Santa Clara in Cuba. The airline has been at the airport for more than 20 years and has no flights from Miami.

“We’ve been a great partner with Broward County and Fort Lauderdale for a number of years and we’re excited to build our partnership and grow our operations with this international service,” Goldberg said.

Starting June 1, Southwest will sponsor and host multiple events in South Florida leading to the terminal’s opening, including a conference and Soundwaves concerts over the opening weekend.

“It’s a big weekend,” said Brad Hawkins, a spokesman for Southwest. “We’ve got a lot of cool things going on.”

Construction on the $300 million modernization of Terminal 1 started in June 2015 and the entire project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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