Southwest Airlines announced that the carrier will offer its first-ever international service from Kansas City International Airport (MCI). Southwest will begin seasonal Saturday nonstop service to Cancun International Airport (CUN) in Cancun, Mexico, on November 13, 2021.
Cancun is the top international destination from Kansas City with more than 200 pre-pandemic passengers per day during the peak season. Kansas City becomes one of Southwest’s 20 international gateway airports.
"Southwest’s decision to launch international service from Kansas City International Airport speaks volumes to their long term commitment to Kansas City and providing travelers in the Heart of America the convenient travel options they desire,” said Pat Klein, director of Kansas City’s Aviation Department.
The announcement comes as passenger numbers are on the increase as more and more Americans become vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently requires that all air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 viral test result no more than 3 days before travel.
The Saturday schedule is as follows:
WN #751 MCI-CUN 6:15a.m. - 10:55 a.m.
WN #750 CUN-MCI 4:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Air fares and other information are available at Southwest.com.
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