Southwest Airlines To Canada
Southwest Airlines is the king of low cost airfare in the USA. Southwest have over 3,000 flights per day and as of 2010, fly the most domestic passengers per day in the US. When flying from the US to Canada, booking a flight with Southwest that connects onwards with another airline often is the best way to get the cheapest airline tickets to Canada.
Southwest Airlines and Vancouver, BC Canada
If you are flying to Vancouver, BC Canada from the USA, Southwest Airlines fly to the Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (SEA) which is 127 miles from the Vancouver International Airport. From Seattle to Vancouver, BC the airline with the most daily flights between SEA and YVR is Horizon Air. Seattle/Tacoma is a good alternative flight route for cheap flights to Vancouver, Victoria and other areas in Southwestern BC such as the Gulf Islands.
Southwest and Toronto, Ontario Canada
For flights from the US to Toronto, Southwest fly to Buffalo Niagara Airport (BUF). The Buffalo Niagara Airport is an excellent choice for residents of Southern Ontario. Also a flight to consider is with the low cost airline Spirit Air. They fly to a nearby airport, the Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG).
Southwest Flights and Montreal, Quebec
Southwest fly to Albany, New York. From the Albany International Airport to Montreal it is a 220 mile drive that takes approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes. Another alternative route is to fly with Spirit Airlines to Plattsburgh, New York. Spirit Air introduced flights to service Canadian markets with the introduction of Plattsburgh as well as Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG).
About Southwest Airlines
Southwest was the first low-cost airline. They began flights in Texas in 1971. They have formed air alliances in the past. For Canadian travellers, the most notable alliance was the announcement in 2008 that they were working on a code sharing agreement with Canada's discount airline, WestJet Airlines. This code sharing agreement would have been a great alliance for passengers looking for discount airfare from the US to Canada. However, in 2010 Southwest and WestJet ended the code sharing negotiations and WestJet went on in 2011 to announce a code share agreement with American Airlines.
In 2010, Southwest announced a plan to acquire AirTran Airways. The merger is expected to be completed in 2011. An interesting fact of the merger is that AirTran have a fleet of Boeing 737's and 717's. Southwest has always flown 737's exclusively and has always been considered a key part of their low-cost operations as flying one fleet of aircraft lowers operating and training costs. The current plan is to integrate the 717's into the operations of the merged airline.
The merger with AirTran will add international flights to the list of Southwest destinations, as AirTran fly to Mexico and the Caribbean.