The airlines successfully completed connectivity of the two networks earlier this year, opening up more destination options and reaching more potential customers, Southwest executives said Thursday.
Southwest will join the roster of companies already offering cargo services to Puerto Rico: United Parcel Service; Federal Express; DHL; Amerijet; Four Star Cargo; Roblex; and the U.S. Postal Service.
Connectivity of the carriers’ networks means hundreds of new flights and 68 new nonstop markets for cargo customers to experience the Southwest Airlines Cargo service.
“Connecting the Southwest and AirTran Networks opens up a number of opportunities for our cargo service to grow, offering new flights and significant increased capacity for our cargo customers,” said Matt Buckley, Southwest Airlines vice president cargo & charters.
“It’s a testament to the success of the AirTran acquisition, and we’re excited to offer expanded service to our existing Customers and introduce our product to new ones,” he said.
Now, Southwest Airlines Cargo not only can connect through Southwest-to-AirTran flights, but also through AirTran-only or AirTran-to-AirTran flights. Customers can track their shipments on Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways though swacargo.com or by using Southwest’s GPS tracking device, “Cargo Companion.”
Southwest Airlines Cargo will continue to offer more destinations as the integration of AirTran Airways continues, with completion anticipated in 2015.
The new cargo service will launch less than a month after Southwest’s debut in the local market to offer direct flights several times a week between San Juan and Orlando and Tampa Bay.