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A Historic Day in Houston

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Cancún,  Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos, Belize City, Puerto Vallarta, San José, Mexico City, Montego Bay, Liberia… What do these cities have in common?  We announced last week that we will serve all of these destinations out of our brand new international terminal in Houston starting in October.  Tickets to all of these international routes from Houston are now for sale on To celebrate our new routes, Southwest turned Hermann Square in front of Houston City Hall into a beach–complete with straw palapa huts, palm trees, and beach balls.  Entertainment included a steel drum band, Mexico and Caribbean-themed food trucks, a photo booth, a dance troupe, and live music performed by the band TropicCrew.  Representatives from the new international destinations and Southwest Vacations were onsite to provide travel information to party guests.  Three lucky winners also walked away with vacation packages to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Aruba! 3 Gary Kelly, joined by Houston Mayor Annise Parker, kicked off the day’s festivities by announcing Southwest’s newest addition to our route map and 97th city: Liberia, Costa Rica. 4 Following the news conference, street teams made up of Houston-based Southwest Airlines Employees and guys dressed in scuba gear took to the streets to invite Houstonians to the beach bash and spread the message of the new schedule and fares.  They gave away beach towels, sunglasses, and beach bags – all the items you’ll need for your need for your next Southwest beach vacation. 5 We closed the evening with City Hall shining bright in Southwest colors. While the sun slowly set on this historic day for Houston and Southwest Airlines, we look forward to launching our first flights from Houston to these new and exciting international destinations on October 15!