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Southwest applies for flights to Costa Rica

Southwest Airlines hopes to add Central America to its list of destinations with daily round trip service from Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to Costa Rica starting in early March, the airline announced Friday.

The Dallas-based carrier, which is BWI's largest, has applied for permission from the U.S. Department of Transportation to add the flights to Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. With its many national parks and nature sanctuaries, the country is known for having pioneered ecotourism, and is the most visited Central American country, according to the World Tourism Organization.

"We're ready to add the adventure and beauty of Costa Rica to a growing horizon of international possibility available to the more than 100 million customers who fly with us each year," Gary Kelly, the airline's chairman, said in a news release.

The airline has asked permission to start the flights on March 7.

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