Southwest Airlines announces first international flights

Southwest Airlines will begin flying its first international flights in July, the company announced this week.

The flights, to destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico, are currently being operated by Southwest’s subsidiary airline, AirTran Airways.

The companies said the switching of the branding on its international flights is a major step in their 2011 merger.

“Beginning July 1, 2014, Bags Fly Free beyond U.S. borders to Aruba, the Bahamas, and Jamaica," Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said in a statement. "As our customers seamlessly click through to make these historic bookings today, our people celebrate the final lap in the journey to make possible our international future."

The new Southwest international flights will operate between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, and Aruba and Montego Bay. 

Additional flights will be offered from Baltimore to Nassau, Bahamas.