Metro-East News

Southwest to add weekly Cancun flight from St. Louis Lambert

Beginning in November, Southwest Airlines plans to add a weekly nonstop flight to Cancun, Mexico out of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, according to a news release from the airline.

“Our position as hometown carrier both here in Nashville and St. Louis with more than a 100 flights a day this summer from both airports makes this weekly shortcut to Cancun a natural addition for our loyal customers to hit another popular beach destination,” said Dave Harvey, Southwest Airlines’ managing director of business development, in a news release.

The airline released its November through January 2018 operating schedule, and set a start date for the Saturday round-trip service between St. Louis and Cancun for Nov. 11. The airline has not released schedules beyond January 2018, Lambert airport said.

St. Louis Lambert will be just one of 15 airports with international service on Southwest.

Ticket prices for the new route start as low as $149 for a one-way ticket, the airline said. Tickets must be purchased by May 22.

“There’s been great growth and demand on Southwest in recent years and we’re excited for this continued momentum with the addition of new international service,” said Lambert director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge in a news release. “With the airline’s great connectivity now to 44 domestic markets, we’re optimistic this new flight will do well for both local and connecting travelers.”

The airline operates flights out of Lambert’s Terminal 2, which is also the designated location for customs and international arrivals.

Southwest is scheduled to operate nearly 110 daily departures from St. Louis this summer, which includes new service to Pensacola, Florida and Charleston, South Carolina beginning June 4, according to a Lambert news release.

The airline also plans to have an additional daily flight to both Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Milwaukee, from Lambert, bringing the frequency to two daily flights to those cities.