SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), José R. Izquierdo II, announced Southwest Airlines will extend its itinerary of flights to Puerto Rico beginning June 4, 2017. The Boeing 737 aircraft will begin a direct route to San Juan from Chicago Midway International Airport and increase the frequency of flights from Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Tampa and Orlando.
The Chicago-San Juan route is the second flight route added to Southwest Airlines itinerary, following the Newark-San Juan route which began on Dec. 17, 2016. In addition to the increase in direct routes between major continental United States airports and Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, these flights will increase options for travelers looking to enjoy the best of the Caribbean, as Southwest offers service in more than 100 destinations in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.
"The addition of flights and frequencies in the air routes offered by Southwest Airlines will facilitate the increase of visitors to the Island. This increase will result in a greater contribution of the tourism industry to the economic development of Puerto Rico. PRTC is working with Aerostar to attract new airlines to our market, while continuing to expand services with existing airlines,” said Izquierdo II.
Southwest Airlines extended its flight itinerary for bookings until Aug. 14, 2017 and are available at www.southwest.com.