Southwest Airlines Adds Nonstop Routes to Caribbean, Florida, California

The budget carrier will offer new routes to sunny destinations starting in June

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One of North America's best-loved low-cost airlines is making beach escapes easier and more affordable.

Southwest Airlines has announced that this summer it will add new nonstop service between major US cities and beach towns in Florida, California and the Caribbean.

New Nonstop Flights from Fort Lauderdale

Beginning June 4, 2017, the carrier plans to offer daily nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale to the Cayman Islands, Montego Bay, Belize and Cancun.

A new nonstop route between Fort Lauderdale and Orlando is also in the works, as well as a twice-daily route between New York's LaGuardia and Tampa.

nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale - plane flying over palm trees

Midwest/East Coast Additions

Midwesterners looking for an affordable Caribbean escape will also rejoice: Once Southwest secures governmental approval, it will begin shuffling passengers between Cincinnati and Grand Cayman. Ever wanted to taste some of the island's famous rum cake or stroll gorgeous Seven Mile Beach? Now's the time.

Dwellers of Washington D.C. and Philadelphia can plan a quick South Florida getaway with the airline's new daily nonstop routes to Fort Lauderdale. There's a lot to explore in this area — in addition to Fort Lauderdale's high-energy beach scene, visitors can check out nearby Hollywood Beach or make the 45-minute trek down to Miami Beach.

nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale - Bird's-eye view of Hollywood Beach, Florida Family-friendly Hollywood Beach lies less than 10 miles southeast of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Photo: Theresa Boehl

New San Diego Service

Fans of West Coast beaches can look forward to Southwest's new nonstop service between Boise or Salt Lake City and San Diego, which enjoys year-round sunny weather and an authentic Southern California vibe. Some of the town's most popular beaches include Mission Beach, with its scenic boardwalk, and Ocean Beach, known for its long pier jutting out into the Pacific Ocean.

Nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale - The Ocean Beach Pier in San Diego.  The Ocean Beach Pier in San Diego.

And the best part of these newly added routes? With Southwest Airlines' frequent promotions and airfare sales, savvy travelers will undoubtedly be able to snag rock-bottom fares to these new destinations.

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