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You Won't Believe Where Southwest is Building an International Hub

December 13, 2013 at 9:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve known for quite some time that Southwest Airlines has visions of international destinations dancing in their head, and now it looks as if that they might have picked out exactly where they want to start things up. The lucky recipients of this kind of attention are the residents of the Sunshine State, as Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is scoring quite an airport upgrade.

All in all Southwest is spending more than $300 million on terminal and concourse improvements, as they try to get things ready to go for an influx of international departures and arrivals. Things should kick off at some point next year, and the construction equipment will head offset when 2017 rolls around.

The plan is to use the area—and the airport—as one piece of the carrier’s international expansion plan. They’re envisioning something like 25 international flights from the airport each and every day, as they send passengers to warm weather destinations in spots across the Caribbean and Latin America. Nothing official from Southwest as to when things should start-up, but it certainly appears that things are very much on the radar.

It’s been a slow roll out of international options aboard the airline, but we guess it’s good to know they’re at least working on things. In addition to these Florida plans there’s also Texas, as we’ve mentioned their plans boost the capacity over at Houston-Hobby.

We’ll keep you posted if there are any updates—or setbacks—as well as if JetBlue flips out over all of this. After all they’ve built quite a little international presence at the airport in Fort Lauderdale as well, so they probably are less than thrilled with the plans for increased competition.

[Photo: Elvert Barnes]

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