Summer travel is coming to a close at Mineta San José International Airport (SJC), but things are just beginning to heat up with Southwest Airlines’ announcement today of eight new nonstop cities for Silicon Valley business and leisure travelers to begin as early as March 8, 2018. For fares and bookings, visit Southwest.com.
Southwest’s Vice President Controller Leah Koontz addressed the media at the airline’s ticket counter in Terminal B to announce the carrier’s first-ever international service from San José to Mexico via Cabo San Lucas. Also of significance, Southwest announced first-ever nonstop service from San José to Orlando, New Orleans, Houston-Hobby and Albuquerque, along with new service to St. Louis, Spokane and Boise. She also shared travel advisories and updates for Southwest customers given the impacts caused by Hurricane Harvey in the state of Texas.
Together, Koontz announced the addition of 80 weekly flights from SJC beginning in spring 2018, including added frequency to the airline’s existing cities of Chicago-Midway, Dallas-Love Field, Phoenix, Portland-Oregon and Seattle.
“Southwest has been investing in San José for nearly 25 years, connecting our Customers to what is important in their lives with more nonstop options to where they want to go,” said Koontz, who is also Southwest’s Executive Leader over California. “This growth in San José is incredibly exciting as we expand our reach to even more cities across the United States, as well as into Mexico with the addition of Cabo San Lucas. Our Employees in the Golden State are the gold standard of Hospitality and are what truly sets us apart from the rest.”
“I extend my sincere gratitude to Southwest Airlines’ CEO Gary Kelly and his executive team for their confidence and significant new investments in San José,” said Mayor Liccardo. “Southwest’s decision to offer nonstop service to many new destinations and to add additional flights to existing destinations brings welcome news to business and leisure travelers throughout Silicon Valley.”
Southwest’s service enhancement details for Silicon Valley travelers are as follows:
“It’s been 25 years since Southwest Airlines announced the launch of San José service with nonstop flights to two cities,” said Aitken. “Not since that time has Southwest shared a bigger announcement for SJC with the news today of eight new destinations, including the airline’s first-ever international service, and added frequency to existing cities served. I’m confident Silicon Valley business and leisure travelers alike will respond favorably to these new service offerings.”
Beginning spring 2018, Southwest will serve a total of 24 cities nonstop from SJC. In addition to new service to Cabo San Lucas, Orlando, New Orleans, Houston-Hobby, Albuquerque,
St. Louis, Spokane and Boise, Southwest also flies to Austin, Baltimore/Washington, Burbank, Chicago/Midway, Dallas/Love Field, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles/LAX, Ontario,
Orange County/Santa Ana, Phoenix, Portland, Reno, Salt Lake City, San Diego and Seattle.
Of the eight new cities Southwest announced today, additional daily nonstop service from SJC to Cabo San Lucas and Boise is currently offered by Alaska Airlines.