November 1 was another exciting milestone day for Southwest Airlines. After opening the international concourse at Houston Hobby and inaugurating six brand new international nonstop flights on October 15, we launched nonstop service to Liberia, Costa Rica (our 97th destination!) and Montego Bay, Jamaica just two weeks later.
The concourse at Hobby was full of excitement as Customers enjoyed festive music from a steel drum band and tasty treats, including rum cakes and breakfast pastries.
Pura Vida! Southwest Touches Down in Liberia
As Customers boarded Flight 691 to Liberia, they received a special tote bag with treats and were greeted by our warm Hospitality. Two Costa Rican Employees, BWI Flight Attendant Alex Watt-Muir and LAS Provo Agent Alan Gunter, were onboard to celebrate this inaugural flight, and they hosted a trivia game with our Customers. Winners received Southwest LUV Vouchers to use to book a future flight!
Once the flight landed, the aircraft was received by a water cannon salute, and Costa Rica Tourism hosted a news conference in the gate area.
Cleared for Takeoff to Montego Bay, Jamaica
As Customers began boarding flight 1115 to Montego Bay, Jamaica on a rainy Sunday morning at Houston Hobby, they immediately knew Southwest was doing something fun. Every Customer received a gift bag full of goodies from Southwest and our friends at the Jamaica Tourist Board. Onboard, many Customers learned this was the very first flight connecting the two airports and that this flight would be unlike all the others because it was time to celebrate!
Customers celebrated the first flight with free drinks, LUV Vouchers, and our partners at the Jamaica Tourist Board even threw in some hotel stays among other surprises for our Customers!
Congratulations on the new international destinations, and thank you to the Southwest Warriors that worked so hard to make these flights a great experience for our Customers!