Mineta San Jose International Airport is on a roll these days: The Silicon Valley airport racked up a gain of more than 15 percent in passenger traffic last year, handling almost 12.5 million arriving and departing travelers. And in a matter of weeks, Southwest Airlines is going to open up a bunch of new flight options at America’s fastest-growing major airport.
Southwest’s plans call for the addition of 80 more flights per week at SJC starting in March, April and May, including new non-stop service to eight cities and its first-ever international service from the airport. The airline will also add more daily flight frequencies in five markets it already serves from San Jose.
The new international service, beginning March 10, is a weekly Saturday flight from SJC to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. On April 8, Southwest will start flying new daily non-stops from San Jose to Boise, Idaho; Houston Hobby; Spokane, Washington; and St. Louis, Missouri. New daily non-stops to Orlando will kick off May 6. Other new non-stop routes coming from Southwest include weekly Sunday service from SJC to Albuquerque and to New Orleans, both starting April 8.
Also beginning April 8, Southwest will add a second daily non-stop flight from Mineta San Jose International to Dallas Love field. On April 9, Southwest will increase its San Jose-Phoenix schedule from five flights a day to six and add a second daily flight to Chicago Midway. That same day, the airline will boost its daily schedule between SJC-Portland from four flights a day to six and between SJC-Seattle from four daily flights to five…