OREANDA-NEWS. Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today extended its bookable flight schedule through Nov. 4, 2016. Beginning Aug. 7, 2016, the airline is adding new nonstop routes for California Customers, linking the LA Basin nonstop to Pittsburgh (via LAX) and Portland, Ore. (via new service from Ontario and Burbank); connecting San Diego to the Midwest with new, daily nonstop service to Milwaukee; adding transcontinental service between Sacramento and Baltimore/Washington (BWI); and is linking Nashville and Charlotte in the Mid-Atlantic.  Through U.S. Customs and Border Protection Pre-clearance procedures available in The Bahamas, Southwest is also adding international service at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with nonstop service to Nassau, subject to foreign government approval. 

In celebration of the new routes, Southwest is offering these fares for nonstop travel between:

Los Angeles(LAX)and Pittsburgh

with one-way fares as low as $139

Ontarioand Portland, Ore.

with one-way fares as low as $69

Burbankand Portland, Ore.

with one-way fares as low as $69

San Diegoand Milwaukee

with one-way fares as low as $139

Sacramentoand Baltimore/Washington (BWI)

with one-way fares as low as $159

Nashvilleand Charlotte

with one-way fares as low as $69

Ft. Lauderdaleand Nassau, The Bahamas

with one-way travel as low as $58

Customers may take advantage of these fares today through Feb. 25, 2016, by 11:59 p.m. in the respective time zone of the originating city for travel Aug. 7-Nov. 3, 2016 (domestic travel is not available on Fridays and Sundays, blackout dates apply).  See below for complete fare rules. Book any of these new flights, part of the carrier's full schedule now published for travel through Nov. 4, 2016, online at Southwest.com, or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.

Announcing the new flights before an industry conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Southwest's Managing Director of Business Development, David Harveysaid, "These time-saving routes connect our Customers in long-time Southwest cities with faster travel times with our unmatched Customer Service.  Each addition also enhances our schedule while addressing business demand."

With the flight schedule extension, the carrier intends to extend year-round its previously seasonal nonstop service between Houston Hobbyand both Seattle/Tacomaand Portland, Ore., between Kansas Cityand Seattle/Tacoma, and between San Diegoand St. Louis.

Earlier this week, Southwest confirmed its intent to participate in a U.S.Department of Transportation frequency allocation proceeding in the next several weeks for potential service to Cuba.  The carrier continues to plan for 2016 year-over-year systemwide available seat mile growth in the five to six percent range.