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Southwest Airlines begins service at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport

Southwest Airlines Co. ushered in a new era of air travel as it officially began service at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).

Carrier adds new international service from Ft. Lauderdale, including nonstop flights to Grand Cayman

DALLAS (June 4, 2017) — Southwest Airlines Co.  ushered in a new era of air travel as it officially began service at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). The carrier is offering eight daily nonstop flights, five between CVG and Chicago Midway and three between CVG and Baltimore/Washington International Airport.

“Before we landed in Cincinnati today, travelers were stuck paying high fares and high fees, but that’s all changing today with our brand, customer-friendly policies, and no small regional jets,” said Tammy Romo, Southwest’s executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We’re at the beginning of our Cincinnati story, and the future looks very bright.”

The arrival of Southwest’s first flight into CVG was greeted by a ceremonial water arch and ribbon-cutting, along with some great giveaways for customers onboard. Among those customers were 18 children from Chicago. For many of the kids, who are part of a group called “By the Hand Club for Kids,” this was their first airplane ride and visit to another state. The group was also getting the opportunity to take in a Cincinnati Reds baseball game thanks to the Cincinnati Reds and Major League Baseball.

“We’re thrilled to have Southwest join the roster of our airline partners, and that our passengers have another option when traveling to and from CVG,” said Candace McGraw, Chief Executive Officer, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. “We look forward to Southwest’s success and growth in the Tri-State region.”

New International Service

Today, Southwest launched four, new international routes from Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL), including service to one of the carrier’s newest countries served, Cayman Islands. Now in the home stretch of a $333 million Terminal 1 revitalization in partnership with Broward County, Fla., the facility features new international gates, additional border processing capacity, and concessions and art reflective of South Florida. Southwest Leaders last week announced initial fares and a flight schedule for service from FLL to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, beginning Nov. 5, subject to requisite governmental approvals.