Southwest Airlines now offers nonstop service from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Orlando and Tampa Bay, for travel beginning on Sunday, April 14, 2013. Beginning in April, Southwest will operate three daily nonstop flights between Orlando and San Juan and one daily nonstop flight between Tampa Bay and San Juan, as the carrier transitions these routes from AirTran-operated city pairs. To celebrate the new San Juan service, Southwest announced a fare sale of $99* one-way between these markets. These fares must be booked by Nov. 7, 2012, for travel between Monday, April 15, 2013, and Thursday, May 23, 2013(Friday and Sunday travel is excluded). See full fare rules below. To take advantage of these special fares, travel must be booked at www.southwest.com.
AirTran will continue to offer service between San Juan and Baltimore/Washington, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, and Atlanta. Southwest soon will determine the best time to convert the remaining AirTran flying to Southwest as part of the ongoing integration to eventually become one airline flying under the Southwest brand. AirTran Customers who booked flights between San Juan and Tampa Bay or San Juan and Orlando for travel beginning April 14, 2013, or later will be contacted by the airline and rebooked on Southwest flights. As Southwest continues to integrate AirTran’s People, places, and planes into Southwest Airlines, Customers of both carriers may exchange earned loyalty points between both AirTran’s A+ Rewards® and Southwest’s Rapid Rewards® frequent flyer programs for reward travel on either airline.**
“Southwest celebrates San Juan, Puerto Rico, as our first venture beyond the continental United States,” said Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer and AirTran Airways President, Bob Jordan. “AirTran has done a wonderful job establishing a presence in this market, and Southwest is proud to continue that legacy and extend our vast network of destinations, exceptional Customer Service, and convenient low fares to the San Juan community.”
“We are excited about Southwest’s arrival into Puerto Rico to offer its legendary Customer Service. It is an honor to be Southwest’s first destination outside the continental United States. The Puerto Rico Tourism Company and all Puerto Rican travelers welcome this new carrier to our Island and know that this new service will provide great opportunities for growth into the airline’s robust network, and great connectivity to the west coast markets in the U.S.,” said Luis G. Rivera Marin, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.
AirTran began service at San Juan in March 2008 with service to Orlando and Atlanta. In February 2009, the carrier added service betweenSan Juan and Baltimore/Washington. AirTran added San Juan service to Tampa Bay in April 2011 and to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood in May 2012. Today, AirTran still offers a total of five daily nonstop flights to three markets from San Juan: Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington, andFort Lauderdale/Hollywood.