Southwest Eyes Up International Flights

Southwest is now one step closer to flying internationally. It has signed on with Amadeus’ Altea reservations which will support the carrier’s coming international service.

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That service is coming, courtesy of AirTran – which Southwest acquired in the fall of 2010 – which currently flies throughout the U.S. as well as the Caribbean and Mexico.

Once AirTran’s flights transition to Southwest, the Amadeus system will swing into action, and according to Southwest’s press release, its contract with Amadeus  “also provides the option for Southwest to convert its domestic business” to the new system at any point in the future.

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Many have noted that the Dallas-based low-cost Goliath of airlines has been making noises about international flights for years. Now it appears Southwest is just about right on schedule, at least based on what CEO Gary Kelly said back in early 2010 when he envisioned his carrier flying outside the U.S. “in five years or so.”


Published: April 19, 2012