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Southwest to increase flights to Puerto Rico from April to June



By on September 1, 2017

A Southwest Airlines jet takes off at Midway Airport in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Tourism Co. (CTPR) announced Friday that Southwest Airlines will increase the frequency of its routes from Florida and Chicago to Puerto Rico from April to June.

Specifically, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport will have more flights to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.

Altogether, Southwest will operate 10 to 13 daily flights to San Juan during that period. According to the Tourism Co., the change will result in about 4,000 additional visitors to the island and produce an economic impact of about $3 million.

“We thank Southwest for continuing to trust our island as a destination and, in accordance with the commitment of the administration of Governor Ricardo Rosselló, we will continue to work tirelessly for this type of air-access expansion to Puerto Rico to continue,” said José R. Izquierdo, Tourism’s executive director.

Last month, Tourism also announced that Southwest would increase the frequency of its flights to Puerto Rico in March and April, for an estimated economic impact of $830,000.

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