MIAMI — Less than a week after Southwest 2207 became the first international flight of the carrier to land at Houston Hobby Airport, the U.S. government granted the approval to fly from Houston to Mexico City and the San Jose del Cabo this week.
The new flights are set to begin in October when Southwest’s new international terminal at Hobby Airport is set to open.
Back when Southwest announced its initial international destinations from Houston Hobby, the Dallas-based carrier had to receive approval as the government only allowed two designated U.S. carriers to fly between Houston and Mexico City and three designated U.S. carriers between Houston and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos.
At the time, United and a regional affiliate were the only two carriers that are allowed to fly to Mexico City from Houston making this route a United monopoly. Meanwhile, United, Skywest, and Spirit were the only three airlines allowed to fly between Houston and Cabo.
Luckily, the department announced that it would approve Southwest’s request after finding that Mexican aviation authorities would also approve the extra service. An Open Skies Agreement will start January 1, 2016 which would allow multiple U.S. operators to operate flights between the two countries.
Southwest also plans to launch new international flights from Houston to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. Plus, it also plans to launch flights to Belize City, Belize and San Jose, Costa Rica from Houston.