- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - Southwest Airlines is launching three international routes from Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Service for flights to Aruba, Montego Bay and Nassau will shift Tuesday from AirTran Airways to Southwest.

Paul Wiedefeld, chief executive officer for BWI Marshall, says it marks an important first step as Southwest official makes the move to the international market. He says the airport looks forward to working with Southwest in coming years as the airline grows its international service.

International passenger traffic has grown in recent years at BWI Marshall. In 2012, international passengers grew by 21 percent.