DALLAS, USA — Southwest Airlines has published its initial flight schedule of nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, beginning November 5, 2017, subject to requisite governmental approvals.
Southwest chairman and CEO Gary Kelly made the announcement during a news conference at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Thursday morning where stakeholders had a preview of a $333 million revitalization and expansion of Terminal 1 that Broward County intends to open fully this summer.
“These new gates, additional border screening capacity, and the arts and flavor of South Florida will be a hit with hundreds of thousands of Southwest’s local Customers who prefer our all-in friendliness and value,” said Kelly. “In offering access to the network of America’s largest carrier, we also bring Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood a bolder shade of blue, where two bags fly free for everyone, where no one pays a change fee*, with purposed policies rooted in the spirit of no surprises.”
Southwest is also readying a multi-national celebration to unfold around the first flights on Sunday to Grand Cayman, Belize, Montego Bay, and Cancun.
The carrier is partnering with Lilly Pulitzer, the Palm Beach-born resort wear brand for a fun surprise for customers on each of the inaugural flights.
“As we enter the height of summer travel season, we’re all about celebrating the best days of vacation in favorite Lilly styles and we’re proud to once again team up with Southwest to start the vacation before the plane even leaves the gate,” said Michelle Kelly, CEO of Lilly Pulitzer.