Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) has announced Dave Harvey, Vice President of Southwest Business, was recently recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the business travel industry by Business Travel News, the company said.
Harvey was named to the list in part for leading a major evolution of the Dallas-based carrier´s business travel team as it strives to make it easier for corporate customers to choose Southwest for their travel needs. During the summer of 2019 the carrier announced it would be participating in industry-standard corporate global distribution systems (GDS´s) by mid-2020, expanding its direct connect channel strategy through ATPCO´s NDC Exchange; further investing in its free online booking platform, SWABIZ.com; and working to ensure its fares and flight schedules are in the channels business travelers and travel managers use to book corporate travel. To help with these travel solution enhancements solutions, Southwest Business is growing its Sales Team across the nation while also building a Corporate Travel Management Relationship Team.
In its 49th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest serves a customer base of 130 million passengers annually. Southwest operates more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 101 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries.