Southwest Airlines Cargo begins shipping internationally

Southwest Airlines Cargo is entering its next era as it officially began its international shipping program yesterday when freight was flown on belly aircraft to Mexico.

With this milestone, the carrier now offers the ability to ship between the US and Mexico City.

Later this summer, the carrier intends to add the ability to ship between the US and Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos before adding the ability to ship between the US and other international destinations within its network.

Southwest’s vice president of cargo and charters, Matt Buckley said: “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,”

“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.