Southwest Airlines Adds Florida Flights to SJC
Southwest Airlines® added another important transcontinental route to its growing list of cities available for direct flights from Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) on May 6, 2018, with an inaugural flight to Orlando. The carrier operated Florida One, Southwest’s Boeing 737-700 emblazoned with an artist’s rendering of the state flag on the inaugural flight on May 6. See photos of the gate ceremony and Florida One on SJC’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
With this new service addition, Southwest fulfills a major expansion announced last August for SJC that brings 80 added weekly flights this spring. Southwest’s service to Orlando is the latest launch in a series of eight new cities, six of which were not previously served by non-stop flights from SJC.
The carrier operated Florida One, Southwest’s Boeing 737-700 emblazoned with an artist’s rendering of the state flag on the inaugural flight on May 6. See photos of the gate ceremony and Florida One on SJC’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
“We are thankful to CEO Gary Kelly and Southwest’s leadership and the carrier’s local SJC team for their ongoing commitment to Silicon Valley, including the launch of Orlando service,” said Director of Aviation John Aitken. “With Southwest’s low fares, daily service and convenient flight times, families now have the ability to fly together to Florida – and to visit grandparents, family and seven of the top theme parks in the U.S. – including Walt Disney World.”
Southwest also launched the following cities this spring from SJC:
- Albuquerque and New Orleans – Sunday service
- Boise, Houston-Hobby, Saint Louis and Spokane – daily flights
- Cabo San Lucas – Saturday service (Southwest’s first-ever international service from SJC)
SJC and Southwest began a successful partnership 25 years ago on June 1, 1993, with just two cities served through 11 daily departures. Since that time, Southwest has grown to be SJC’s largest airline with 92 departures daily to these 24 cities:
Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore/Washington, Boise, Burbank, Cabo San Lucas, Chicago/Midway, Dallas/Love Field, Denver, Houston-Hobby, Las Vegas, Los Angeles/LAX, New Orleans, Ontario, Orange County/Santa Ana, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Reno, Saint Louis, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle and Spokane.