Southwest Airlines Cargo Now Shipping Internationally, Beginning With Mexico
Airline begins offering Cargo services between the United States and Mexico City
Southwest Airlines Co. Cargo is expanding internationally in its shipping operations, with Mexico City the first port of call and further routes planned shortly.
Southwest is going to focus on building up international shipping capabilities and experience in the Mexican market first. Southwest plans to add the ability to ship between the US and Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos by the end of Summer 2018, before adding the ability to ship between the US and other international destinations within its network of passenger flights, of which it conducts more than 4,000 per day in peak periods, although the majority of these are domestic, with the carrier flying to just 10 additional countries.
"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.