The FINANCIAL -- Southwest Airlines on May 14 extended its bookable flight schedule through Jan. 4, 2016, offering new international service between eight cities and Houston (Hobby) by the end of this year, including the carrier's 97th destination, Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport at Liberia in the Guanacaste beach and resort region of northwest Costa Rica, subject to foreign government approval.
Southwest Employees, Customers, and Houstonians celebrated the new flights with Houston Mayor Annise Parker and other city leaders at a beach bash Wednesday afternoon in downtown Houston at City Hall Plaza, according to Southwest Airlines.
"Houstonians have endured some of the highest international airfares in the country," said Gary Kelly, Southwest's Chairman, President, & CEO, to a crowd assembled at a pop-up beach party featuring international food and music. "Southwest is putting our promise, our People, and our planes on these routes because you deserve lower fares and better service."
During the upcoming summer travel season, Southwest will offer up to 159 departures a day from Houston's William P. Hobby Airport serving 45 destinations nonstop while contractors, designers, and workers enter the homestretch of constructing a $156 million, five-gate international terminal complex, along with associated City of Houston projects for new parking and roadway improvements.