This morning, Southwest filed an application with the U. S. Department of Transportation to offer the first U.S. carrier nonstop service between Oakland International Airport and both San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, beginning in February 2017, subject to governmental approvals.
Southwest Vice President Leah Koontz announced the proposed flights to gathered guests and media near our Oakland Ticket Counter. Leah shared that linking the San Francisco Bay Area to these popular Mexican beach resort areas with time-saving itineraries will bring our Customers low-fare and high-value service that is an exciting addition to our growing international portfolio.
Additionally, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland shared that The Port is undertaking a major renovation of its Terminal One: a new security checkpoint and international check-in and arrivals area is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2017; a modernization and expansion of the airport’s passenger federal inspection station (FIS) for U.S. Customs & Border Protection services is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of 2017. Southwest’s continual investment, especially with new medium-haul and long-haul flights has made Oakland International the fastest growing major airport in California in terms of passengers.
While we await DOT approval to offer our fares and flight schedule, we want to be the first to share exciting news—stay tuned to the Southwest blog where we’ll share details as we receive them.