Southwest plans Chicago flights to Montego Bay and Punta Cana

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Southwest Airlines subsidiary AirTran will begin flights between Chicago Midway and Montego Bay in Jamaica and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

The flights between Chicago and Montego Bay will launch 14 April, while AirTran will begin operating Chicago-Punta Cana from 19 May. Both routes will be operated four times weekly.

"AirTran and Southwest serve more than sixty destinations non-stop from Chicago and these additions open up new international options for those customers," says Bob Jordan, AirTran's president and Southwest's chief commercial officer.

AirTran operates Boeing 737-700s.

No airline operates between Chicago Midway and Montego Bay and Punta Cana. However, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines and United Airlines fly non-stop between Chicago O'Hare International and Montego Bay. Frontier and United operate non-stop between Chicago O'Hare and Punta Cana, while US Airways offers one-stop service on that route.