Statement about Southwest Airlines launching Miami service
On September 3, Southwest Airlines announced plans to bring year-round service to Miami International Airport later this year.
Southwest became the nation's largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation's most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded. In peak travel seasons during 2019, Southwest operated more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 101 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries. In early 2020, the carrier added service to Hilo, Hawaii, and Cozumel, Mexico for a total of 103 airports served.
I am thrilled that Southwest Airlines will begin first-ever service at Miami International Airport, which will make them our newest major U.S. airline and corporate partner in Miami-Dade County. As our tourism sector continues to rebound from the pandemic, welcoming Southwest Airlines to our community will provide a substantial infusion of business revenue and visitor spending to our local economy and expand our residents’ choices for air travel.
Southwest’s expansion to Miami International Airport is one of the most significant milestones in our 92-year history as an airport. Our passengers will soon be able to choose from the four largest airlines in North America, including the world’s largest low-cost carrier. We look forward to adding Southwest’s award-winning service to MIA, and to partnering with them in serving our local residents and passengers from around the world.