DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Texas, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Inaugural DFW -- Mazatlan passengers savored spicy Mexican shrimp dishes and cooled down with "Bodegaritas" today, celebrating Frontier Airlines' first flight from North Texas to this popular Mexican Riviera town on the Pacific Coast. Mazatlan becomes DFW's fifteenth Mexican destination bolstering a robust route network from North Texas to Mexico.
"It is a great pleasure to add Frontier Airlines to our list of international carriers and add a brand new Mexican destination for our passengers," said Jeff Fegan, CEO of DFW. "Mazatlan and Frontier bring a fourth airline offering regular service from DFW to Mexico, increasing both competition between airlines and variety of destinations."
Ambassador Enrique Hubbard Urrea, Consul General of Mexico in Dallas greeted passengers heading for his hometown of Mazatlan. Mazatlan Tourism Director Jackeline Lopez Leal and staff also welcomed travelers and joined them on the inaugural flight. The plane was given a celebratory "Shower of Affection" by DFW fire trucks as Fegan and Urrea waved from the tarmac.
"Mazatlan has been one of our most popular Mexican destinations since we began serving it from Denver in 2002," said John Happ, senior vice president of marketing and planning for Frontier Airlines. "Frontier's low fares and best-in-class customer service combined with Mazatlan's beautiful beaches and rich history are a perfect match for Dallas travelers looking for a relaxing vacation at a top international resort destination."
Frontier's new DFW service is its first flight to Mazatlan outside of the airline's Denver hub. Joining American Airlines, Mexicana and Sun Country with service to Mexico from DFW, Frontier's new service will bring DFW to 250 weekly departures to Mexico.
"Imagine a town full of history, think about a place where Carnival festivities rival those of Mardi Gras, with parades and music filling the night and a naval battle that displays fireworks in lieu of cannons," said Urrea of his hometown. "That's the Mazatlan I know, and now, thanks to Frontier Airlines, you can discover how much more it can be to you."
Mazatlan is a resort destination that boasts sport fishing, museums, water sports and horseback riding in addition to world-class accommodations and dining with choices ranging from Japanese to Italian to one of a kind Mexican seafood.
"The flight between Mazatlan and DFW will become an additional window for promoting our beautiful port as a tourist destination, and it will connect it with other important destinations," said Mazatlan Mayor Pedro Osuna Amparo. "With this in mind, we are on the look-out for additional attractions to be built at both cities."
"We believe this new international service on Frontier will bring North Texas and Mexico even closer together in tourism and business relationships that will mutually benefit our citizens, communities and economies," said Joe Lopano, executive vice president of marketing and terminal management at DFW. "And this gives us a great new opportunity to showcase our outstanding customer service and new shops and stores to new passengers."
The new addition is also expected to bring even more new activity to an already bustling International Terminal D. To commemorate the new Mexico service, chefs from the Airport's Blue Mesa Grill, Cantina Laredo, TGI Friday's and Bennigan's whipped up shrimp dishes with a Mexican flair. To toast the inaugural flight, the Airport's La Bodega Winery introduced passengers to "Winearitas" and Ben & Jerry's dished out Mango Sorbet. The appetizing recipes are also located on DFW's (http://www.dfwairport.com) website and include grilled blackened shrimp with mango salsa, shrimp quesadilla's, shrimp churrascritas and camaron al majo de ajo.
Spirit also begins daily nonstop service to Los Angeles (LAX) and Oakland (OAK), meaning Spirit now serves a total of 24 nonstop destinations from DFW.
Part of ongoing push to become global gateway
Travels will be eligible to earn frequent flyer miles or points for every qualifying purchase made at DFW Airport such as parking, retail and concessions.
Alaska Airlines becomes the third major carrier to announce new service at DFW in 2005, joining Mexicana Airlines and Spirit Airlines.