Southwest to take over Orange County – Cabo route from Air Tran

Southwest will take over Orange County to Los Cabos, Mexico flying from AirTran

Southwest will take over Orange County to Los Cabox, Mexico flying from AirTran. Photo: Southwest.

Southwest Airlines, long-known for only domestic flights, will soon start flying its own airplanes between Santa Ana, Calif. in Orange County and Los Cabos, Mexico.

Technically this is neither a big deal nor a surprise. Southwest closed its merger with AirTran in 2011, and has slowly been ending operations for the smaller carrier. Since June 2012, AirTran has flown from Santa Ana to Los Cabos, so it was only a matter of time until Southwest took over. Southwest starts officially flying the route on Aug. 10.

AirTran also flies from Orange County to Mexico City. I don’t think anything has been announced about if and when Southwest will take over flying.

Here are the routes Southwest said it will soon fly internationally, along with the lowest fares in the market.

  • Atlanta to Nassau, Bahamas for as low as $127 one-way
  • Baltimore/Washington to Nassau, Bahamas for as low as $126 one-way
  • Denver to Los Cabos, Mexico for as low as $192 one-way
  • Orlando to Montego Bay, Jamaica for as low as $148 one-way
  • Milwaukee to Cancun, Mexico for $214 one-way
  • Santa Ana/Orange County, Calif., and Los Cabos, Mexico for $143 one-way
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