Southwest Airlines has announced plans to begin new flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and three destinations in Mexico: Cancun (CUN), San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos (SJD), and Puerto Vallarta (PVR).
The new service is scheduled to begin December 4, subject to Mexican government approvals.
Paul Cullen, vice president and Executive Sponsor of Los Angeles for Southwest Airlines, discussed the new flights with the carrier's LA Basin customers and employees at a "Viva Mexico!" party at a Southwest Beachfront Porch set up in Santa Monica Place near the Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica Pier. Traditional Mexican dancers commemorated news of the first Mexico service from LAX by Southwest. Southwest serves ten major commercial airports in the state, five of which are in the LA Basin.
Late last month, the carrier received U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) 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 February 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. The carrier said it continues to plan for available seat mile (ASM) growth in the 5-6 percent range in 2016.