Southwest Airlines on Thursday announced that it has filed an application with authorities to serve Providenciales from Fort Lauderdale. The flights to the Turks and Caicos Islands is scheduled to begin on November 5th and will become the airline’s 16th international destination.
The announcement was made in a company press release that reported on the airline’s first quarter financial performance.
Gary C. Kelly, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “As we continue to seek opportunities to take Southwest Customers to exciting new international destinations, we are thrilled to announce that we have filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to serve Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, from FLL beginning in fourth quarter 2017, subject to requisite governmental approvals.”
Keller reported strong first quarter profits and margins, especially considering the passenger revenue yield environment and higher fuel prices. He said that the airline’s balance sheet, liquidity, and cash flows also remained strong.
Southwest Airlines is a major U.S. airline and the world’s largest low-cost carrier, operating a fleet of 727 aircraft, all Boeing 737s.