(Langley, UK and ATLANTA) October 24, 2018: Travelport (NYSE:TVPT), a leading travel commerce platform, announced today that Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) has agreed to renew its long-standing partnership with Travelport.
The new multi-year contract gives Travelport-connected travel agencies continued access to search and book Southwest’s fares and content through the Travelport platform. Part of this new agreement includes increased availability of Southwest’s content to more of Travelport’s customers via Worldspan. Timing and other specifics regarding Southwest adding content to Worldspan are not available at this time.
“Southwest Airlines has long been one of our most valued customers, and we are very pleased they will remain with us, particularly for our corporate and government business clients,” said Damian Hickey, Travelport’s Global Head of Air Partners.
“Southwest is proud to extend our agreement with Travelport,” said Rob Brown, Southwest’s Senior Director of B2B Channels and Services. “Travelport continues to display a partnership approach that enables Southwest to reach potential customers in a way that is meaningful to us and that aligns our growth strategy with our distribution goals.”
Travelport is the technology company which makes the experience of buying and managing travel continually better. It operates a travel commerce platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry. The company facilitates travel commerce by connecting the world’s leading travel providers with online and offline travel buyers in a proprietary business-to-business (B2B) travel platform.
Travelport has a leading position in airline merchandising, hotel content and distribution, car rental, mobile commerce and B2B payment solutions. The company also provides IT services to airlines, such as shopping, ticketing, departure control and other solutions. With net revenue of over $2.5 billion in 2018, Travelport is headquartered in Langley, U.K., has over 3,700 employees and is represented in approximately 180 countries and territories.
About Southwest Airlines Co.
In its 48th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 57,000 Employees to a Customer base topping 120 million passengers annually, in recent years. Southwest became the nation's largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation's most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded. During peak travel seasons, Southwest operates more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 99 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries. Southwest has announced its intention to sell tickets in 2018 for service to Hawaii, subject to requisite governmental approvals.