SEATTLE, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alaska Airlines will add asecond daily nonstop flight between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)and Mexico City, marking the latest step in the airline's expanding service toMexico.
The new flight, starting Oct. 30, will offer one-stop continuing serviceto and from Portland, Ore. The airline's initial flight between LAX and MexicoCity, which began in August, provides one-stop continuing service to and fromSeattle. Both flights offer convenient connections to cities throughout thePacific Northwest.
"The additional flight to Mexico City supports Alaska Airlines' strategyto expand our service to Mexico's key business centers," said Gregg Saretsky,Alaska's executive vice president of marketing and planning. "Our flightschedule to Mexico's beach resorts is already second to none. We are confidentthat demand for our business-focused Mexico routes will continue to build aswe offer more schedule options and as new customers become more familiar withAlaska's unique style of service."
Offering convenient daytime departures and arrivals, the additional flightwill complement the existing overnight and early morning schedules of Alaska'sfirst Mexico City flight. Traveling southbound, Flight 252 will leave LAX at10:20 a.m. Pacific time and arrive in Mexico City at 3:55 p.m. Central time.This flight will originate in Portland at 7 a.m. Pacific time, offeringcontinuing service to Mexico City via LAX. Traveling northbound, Flight 253will depart Mexico City at 4:55 p.m. Central time and arrive at LAX at6:55 p.m. Pacific time. The flight will continue to Portland, arriving at10:43 p.m. Pacific time.
Alaska's first Mexico City route, introduced on Aug. 2, includes flights250 and 245. Traveling southbound, Flight 250 leaves LAX at 12:10 a.m. Pacifictime and arrives in Mexico City at 5:45 a.m. Central time. This flightoriginates in Seattle at 8:45 p.m. Pacific time the evening before, offeringcontinuing service to Mexico City via LAX. Traveling northbound, Flight 245departs Mexico City at 6:45 a.m. Central time and arrives at LAX at 8:43 a.m.Pacific time. The flight continues to Seattle, arriving at 1:11 p.m. Pacifictime.
All flights to and from Mexico City are served by Boeing 737-700 aircraftwith leather seats, 12 in first class and 112 in coach. The flights include acomplimentary hot snack or meal service.
"Alaska Airlines has offered friendly and reliable air service betweenMexico and U.S. destinations at competitive fares for more than 17 years,"said Julian Acosta y Castella, director general for Alaska's Mexicooperations. "We look forward to increasing the frequency and expanding ourMexico route structure to best serve the needs of both Mexican and Americantravelers."
Alaska Airlines had pursued approval to serve Mexico City for more than adecade, after recognizing the importance of the market to its Mexico routestructure. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Alaska the route inMay, making it one of only four airlines authorized to provide service betweenLos Angeles and Mexico City. The United States-Mexico bilateral agreement,which governs air service between the two countries, limits service on theroute to two carriers from each country.
Alaska began service to Mexico in 1988 and now flies more than a millionpassengers annually to nine Mexican destinations. In addition to Mexico City,the airline flies between Los Angeles and Loreto, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta,Manzanillo, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mazatlan, Guadalajara and Cancun.
Alaska Airlines and sister carrier, Horizon Air, together serve 88 citiesthrough an expansive network throughout Alaska, the Lower 48, Canada andMexico. For reservations visit alaskaair.com. For more news and information,visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air newsroom athttp://newsroom.alaskaair.com
SOURCE Alaska Airlines
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