On Dec 12, 2016, Southwest Airlines began service to Havana, Cuba, the carrier’s 100th destination with celebrations on flights from Tampa International and Ft. Lauderdale International.
Southwest has also revealed their 101st destination, Santa Clara, Cuba; service begins Thursday, Dec. 15. Service to Varadero, Cuba began Nov. 13 of this year.
“I’m grateful to our more than 53,000 Southwest Employees and everyone who’s been part of our Southwest Family during the past 45 years who built our airline to this moment in history—we now operate flights from 100 cities across nine countries,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, & CEO, before a welcoming delegation at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana. “Our daily nonstop flight from Tampa and twice daily service from Fort Lauderdale bring additional vital links for our Customers who count on us to connect them with places and people that are important in their lives through unmatched value in air travel.”
These new routes to Cuba are yet another step forward for Southwest and their ever growing international service. Out-of-country destinations served by Southwest can be found across eight other countries with flights come major gateway cities in the United States.