Southwest Airlines to begin Providenciales flights

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, Thursday, April 27th, 2017 – Southwest Airlines and the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority on Thursday announced that the airline plans to begin flights to Providenciales International Airport (PLS) in the last quarter of 2017.

Pending regulatory approval, Southwest Airlines will serve Providenciales from its new five-gate international concourse at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). With the flights to the Turks and Caicos Islands anticipated to come on stream, it will become the airline’s 16th international destination.

Southwest Airlines broke the news simultaneously with the announcement of the airline’s first quarter financial performance.

Gary C. Kelly, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer 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.

In the airline’s press statement, Keller 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.”

Chief Executive Officer of the Airports Authority John Smith said, “As we welcome the 11th international scheduled carrier to the shores of Turks and Caicos, the Airports Authority remains resolute in increasing capacity at Providenciales International Airport, while providing world-class facilities and service. Among other key indicators, safe operations remain a top priority for the Airports Authority.”

Smith added that Southwest Airlines’ decision to operate in Providenciales came after four years of collaboration with the TCI Tourist Board and the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) to win the airline’s commitment.

Southwest Airlines operates a fleet of over 700 Boeing 737 aircraft and is the world's largest low-cost carrier.