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Southwest Airlines Cuts Ties With Seaworld

 

Southwest Airlines has announced its 25-year-long partnership with SeaWorld will cease with the end of the existing contract

According to a statement published on the website of Southwest Airlines the decision not to renew the contract after this year was mutual as the two companies priorities are shifting. While Southwest Airlines are looking to grow their international service, SeaWorld wants to focus on new and growing markets in Latin America and Asia, the statement reads.

The three Southwest specialty airplanes will be repainted and return to the company's traditional livery.

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Southwest Airlines currently promotes the amusement park chain with special holiday packages and travel deals but pressure on the airline has increased significantly since the release of the documentary 'Blackfish'.

A petition urging the airline to end its controversial partnership had reached more than 90,000 signatures and was handed over to Southwest Airlines earlier this year. 

Animal welfare groups have been campaigning for the cause for years and celebrated the announcement as a huge victory.

'Champagne corks were popping at PETA today when we heard that Southwest will no longer support SeaWorld and will repaint its planes,' PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk says in a statement. 'The second I heard the good news, I knew that I’d be booking my next trip on Southwest—and kind people around the world no doubt feel the same'.

Southwest Airlines joins STA Travel, Taco Bell, Outdoorplay.com, Savings.com and others who all decided to cut ties with SeaWorld.

See the Top 5 reactions to Blackfish on the web HERE

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