DALLAS, July 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) Cargo is entering its next era as it officially began its international shipping program on Sunday. With this milestone, the carrier now offers the ability to ship between the United States and Mexico City. Later this summer, the carrier intends to add the ability to ship between the U.S. and Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos before adding the ability to ship between the U.S. and other international destinations within its network.
"Our Teams have been hard at work getting ready for this historic milestone, and now we're set to take our award-winning Cargo services to places we've never been able to reach before," said Matt Buckley, Southwest's Vice President of Cargo and Charters. "We can't wait to begin working with our Customers on both sides of the border and play a small role to help businesses grow."
"We applaud Southwest Airlines' decision to expand cargo operations between Mexico City and Houston Hobby Airport. This move takes advantage of Houston's growing logistics expertise and adds strength to the Houston economy," said Houston Airport System Director Mario Diaz.
This past spring, Southwest Cargo rolled out its new back office and point of sale system, Southwest Cargo Suite. The suite of products and Customer-facing solutions laid the foundation for this month's start of the carrier's international shipping program.
To learn more about Southwest Cargo or how you can open an account with Southwest Cargo to become a known shipper, visit swacargo.com.
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