Southwest Airlines has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to add its first destination in Central America.
Southwest Airlines plans to serve daily roundtrip service between Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) and Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, Costa Rica, beginning March 7, 2015.
The service would link the countries' capital regions through Southwest's value and legendary Customer Service.
Costa Rica will be the sixth near-international country served by Southwest Airlines from its U.S. gateway cities and the first new destination in the carrier's network after the integration of wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways is completed by the end of this year. Service to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic*, and Mexico City begins Nov. 2, as Southwest converts existing AirTran service in those destinations. Southwest began service this summer to Aruba, The Bahamas, Jamaica, and both Cancun and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico. Tickets to San Jose, Costa Rica, will be available for sale as soon as the necessary Department of Transportation approvals are secured.