Following pulling back from Gate D1 in Terminal 4, Southwest Airways Flight 1755 rolled down the runway and left Phoenix Sky Harbor Global Airport at 11:06 a.m. Thursday, March 11, headed for the airline’s latest nonstop spot from Phoenix — Cancun Global Airport in Mexico. 

Cancun is the third nonstop international spot from Phoenix for Southwest as it expands Sky Harbor Airport as an international gateway. 

This could possibly look like a peculiar time to invest in a few new global routes. The globe is little by little emerging from a pandemic, Sky Harbor is still at just 50% of its 2019 air targeted traffic volume and the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention require a unfavorable COVID-19 take a look at to reenter the United States.

But in these headwinds, Southwest sees its system as a way to compete on routes it understands are driven by demand from metro Phoenix as perfectly as placement alone as a gateway for passengers from the West Coastline.