Monday, August 22, 2016
Southwest Airlines to launch new LAX-Mexico flights
Southwest Airlines Co. plans to launch new nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and three airports in Mexico’s coastal resort regions of Cancun, San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.
The service is scheduled to begin Dec. 4, subject to approvals of the Mexican government.
Southwest(NYSE: LUV) said to celebrate the launch, it is currently offering special fares for tickets purchased between now and through Aug. 21 for travel Dec. 4, 2016, through March 2, 2017. LAX to Cancun and Los Cabos flights will be offered twice daily while the flight to Puerto Vallarta will be once a day, with fares currently as low as $129 one way.
"Southwest's approval from the DOT to operate these new routes made history as the first authorities granted in a new agreement between the U.S. and Mexico to allow more service between the countries," Paul Cullen, vice president and executive sponsor of Los Angeles for Southwest Airlines, said in a statement.
"Los Angeles and Mexico share an unbreakable bond, and today our cultural and commercial connections become even stronger," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "These new Southwest flights from LAX to Mexico will expand L.A.'s global reach, bring Angelenos closer to the people they love, and help our city's economy continue to grow."
Late last month, Dallas-based Southwest received U.S. Department of Transportation approval to fly between Oakland International Airport and both Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta. Also subject to Mexican governmental approval, this new service in Northern California would begin on Feb. 12, 2017.
Southwest already flies daily between LAX and Liberia/Guanacaste, Costa Rica, and the five new daily flights to and from Mexico will be flown in addition to the carrier's international service offered at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.
Southwest operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season across a network of 98 destinations in the United States and seven additional countries with service to three airports in Cuba expected to begin later this year, subject to governmental approvals.
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