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Southwest Airline ticket sales pact signed with Galileo

17 May 2007

Southwest Airlines Co. has signed a 10-year contract to sell tickets through the Galileo distribution service to win more business travelers.

The agreement, Southwest’s second with a ticketing company, will be “‘a significant revenue growth opportunity,'” Chief Executive Gary Kelly said Wednesday at the airline’s annual meeting.

Kelly is betting that wider availability of tickets will lure more corporate travel accounts, bolstering Southwest’s bid to add revenue while limiting fare increases. Jet fuel and labor costs rose 59 percent and 9.7 percent, respectively, in 2006.

source: Chicago Tribune

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