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Southwest Airlines celebrated its 45th anniversary of initial service on Saturday, June 18, 2016 by treating passengers travelling between Nassau and Baltimore/Washington (BWI) to a Bahamian themed celebration at the Lynden Pindling International Airport.

“Southwest is a Customer Service company that just happens to fly airplanes,” said Gladstone Adderley, General Manager of Ground Operations for Southwest in Nassau.  Southwest® began serving The Bahamas on July 1, 2014, with daily nonstop service linking Nassau to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.  The Bahamas was one of Southwest’s first routes outside of the United States. Beginning Sunday, August 7, 2016, Southwest will begin offering daily service between Nassau and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as part of its strategy to expand its international footprint out of South Florida.

“We eagerly anticipate this second nonstop destination for our Nassau Customers who will benefit from our friendly customer policies and reliable, friendly service to connect with important moments in their lives” continued Gladstone. “Certainly our Bahamian customers will enjoy having two checked bags fly free* with no change fees while travelling on Southwest.”

Since beginning a low-fare/high-value revolution in the air travel industry on June 18, 1971, Southwest has grown to become the largest airline in the United States, carrying nearly one in four air passengers each day in the U.S. The carrier features a service standard of large aircraft with comfortable seating, satellite-based Wi-Fi capability that powers free, live TV.

Passengers travelling between Nassau and Baltimore or Nassau and Ft. Lauderdale will travel in comfort on one of the airline’s 143 seat Boeing 737-700 aircraft. Under an agreement with Broward County, Florida, which owns and operates Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Southwest is overseeing and managing the construction of the airport’s Terminal 1 Modernization Project.  In addition to significant improvements to the existing facility, the project includes the design and construction of a new five-gate Concourse A with an U.S. Customs & Border Protection processing facility.

“We are pleased to have Southwest as a partner at LPIA and congratulate them on their 45th Anniversary. They have had an eventful four plus decades of growth moving from a mere three air planes when they started in 1971 to now having a fleet of 700 planes and 50,000 staff members around the globe. As they continue to grow, we look forward to them further expanding various direct routes to Nassau,” said Jan Knowles, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, LPIA.

*First two checked bags fly free® per Customer, weight and size limitations apply. Though change fees are never charged, fare differences may apply.


Written by Jones Bahamas

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