LINTHICUM, Md. -
Southwest Airlines announced Monday it will operate daily service to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, starting in April of next year, pending government approval. Southwest also announced it will serve Flint, Michigan from BWI Marshall with three daily round-trip flights.
"These new markets for Southwest and AirTran mean new flight options for our travelers," said Paul J. Wiedefeld, Executive Director of BWI Marshall Airport. "The new service will add to the growth and success here at BWI Marshall."
The new flights to Punta Cana and Flint are scheduled to begin on April 14. The service to Punta Cana joins other international service offered by AirTran on behalf of Southwest to destinations such as Aruba, Bermuda, Cancun, Montego Bay, and Nassau.
Passenger traffic at BWI Marshall has grown consistently in recent years. In 2011, passenger traffic to BWI-Marshall increased by 2.1 percent over the previous annual record in 2010 to 22.4 million passengers. International passenger traffic increased 11 percent in 2011.
Passenger traffic has continued to climb in 2012. Last July 2012, the busiest month in the history of BWI Marshall with more than 2.2 million passengers. International passengers increased 17 percent in July 2012. For August 2012, passenger traffic grew 4.4 percent to 2.14 million-a new August record. International passenger traffic grew by 23 percent in August.