MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Southwest Airlines is now flying out of Miami International Airport.

The airport celebrated the airline’s launch of Miami service Monday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gave out inaugural event gifts for first-time arriving and departing passengers.

Southwest will initially serve four U.S. cities; Baltimore, Chicago (Midway Airport), Houston (Hobby Airport), and Tampa for a combined total of 12 daily round-trip flights. This will make it one of the busiest passenger airlines currently operating at MIA.

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Southwest was the nation’s largest domestic air carrier in 2019.

The airline said its new routes will generate more than $853 million in local business revenue and create 6,788 jobs.

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