Southwest seeks another flight to here

Southwest Airlines is seeking approval in the United States for another flight to Costa Rica. This one would be from William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas.

After approval, the airline will offer customers nonstop options between Houston and four destinations in Mexico, Cancun, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, as well as flights to San José and Belize City, Belize, the company said in a release.

The new Houston flights will be made possible by the completion of an estimated $156 million five-gate international concourse now under construction at Hobby.  The completed project will increase capacity for all airport functions and add a Federal Inspections Services facility to streamline U.S. Customs and Border Protection screening and baggage processing for arriving international passengers.

“We’re building our first-ever international terminal project to give Houstonians, visitors to Houston, and our connecting customers exceptional value and legendary customer service in international markets for which there is great demand,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines chairman, president, and CEO.

“Service to Mexico will be the cornerstone of our international operation at Hobby and the four cities we are announcing today provide exciting travel and business options for consumers.” he added.  “Adding Belize to the Southwest network and growing our Costa Rica service continues our expansion to international destinations where our people and consumer-friendly policies can deliver as no other airline can.”

The Dallas-based carrier said in September it has applied for permission to fly to San Jose from Baltimore. The flights would begin March 7.

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