Southwest to takeover more AirTran international routes

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Southwest Airlines will transition more of subsidiary AirTran Airways' international service to its own metal in August, as it continues to make headways in integrating AirTran's operations.

From 10 August, Southwest will operate non-stop between Cancun and Atlanta; Baltimore/Washington; and Milwaukee. It will also take over AirTran's service between San Jose del Cabo (Los Cabos) and Orange County, and between Nassau and Atlanta.

The Cancun-Milwaukee and Nassau-Atlanta flights will be operated weekly, while the remaining flights will operate daily, says Southwest.

The Dallas-based carrier will also assume AirTran's daily non-stop service between Denver and Cancun from 7 October, and weekly service between Los Cabos and Denver from 11 October.

Southwest says the changes announced today will completely convert AirTran operations at Los Cabos and Nassau to Southwest. AirTran will continue to operate existing service between Cancun and Chicago Midway, which will be converted later this year.

On the domestic side, Southwest will convert all remaining AirTran service at six cities from 10 August: Austin, Columbus, Dayton, New York LaGuardia, Oklahoma City and Richmond. Denver will follow in October with the conversion of the Denver-Los Cabos service.

At Austin, Columbus, Oklahoma City and Richmond, the last AirTran service to Atlanta will convert to Southwest. Dayton's last market, Tampa, will be converted. LaGuardia will convert fully to Southwest with the transition of its flights to Atlanta and Akron-Canton.

From August, Southwest will discontinue service permanently on two non-stop routes: Salt Lake City-Portland and Salt Lake City-Seattle.

With the latest announced conversions, Southwest will have only two AirTran-only cities left to convert, says a Southwest spokesman. These are Punta Cana and Mexico City.