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LM OTERO/AP A Southwest Airlines plane sports the newlyLM OTERO/AP A Southwest Airlines plane sports the newly unveiled color scheme Monday at Dallas Love Field. The makeover comes in a year in which the 43-year-old airline has begun international flights, expanded in New York and Washington, and is freed from longtime government limits on its Dallas schedule. A Southwest Airlines plane sporting the newly unveiled paint color scheme sits outside a hanger after an event at Love Field Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Dallas. The change comes in a year during which 43-year-old Southwest has begun international flights, expanded in New York and Washington, and is freed from longtime government limits on its Dallas schedule. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (Photo: LM Otero, AP)

Southwest Airlines today said it plans to begin flights to tropical Belize next fall as part of its continuing international expansion.

The flights, which are subject to government approval, will be offered between Houston and Belize City.

It will be Southwest's second destination in Central America, where the airline has already announced plans to fly to Costa Rica from Baltimore beginning in March.

Southwest plans to offer connecting flights to Belize from other cities, including Phoenix. No airlines offer non-stop flights between Phoenix Sky Harbor International and Belize, a popular scuba diving spot whose attractions include Hol Chan Marine Reserve, home to Shark Ray Alley.

Tickets to Belize won't go on sale until the airline receives approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to operate the route. The service is scheduled to begin in October.

Southwest, which is building its first international terminal at Houston's Hobby Airport, also said it plans to offer flights between Houston and Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City as well as Costa Rica.

Southwest began international flights in July. The airline's initial routes were flights previously operated by AirTran Airways, which the airline acquired in 2011.

Source: www.azcentral.com
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