By Winston Shek
Alaska Airlines Reveals New Mexico Flights From San Francisco
Anticipating stronger demand for “sun and pleasure destinations” this year, Alaska Airlines unveiled three new flights to Mexico from its San Francisco hub. Starting December 18, the Seattle-based carrier plans to fly from Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo, Loreto and Mazaltán to San Francisco, every week on Saturdays.
|Origin||Destination||Departure time||Arriving time|
|San Francisco||Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo||8h00||2:15 p.m.|
|Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo||San Francisco||5:25 p.m.||8:11 p.m.|
|San Francisco||Loreto||12h00||3:40 p.m.|
|Loreto||San Francisco||4:50 p.m.||6:45 p.m.|
|San Francisco||Mazaltan||11:50 a.m.||4:10 p.m.|
|Mazaltan||San Francisco||5:15 p.m.||8:01 p.m.|
These seasonal flights are expected to last four months, until April 16, 2022. All of these flights will use the Alaska Airlines Airbus A320, which has 149 seats, including 12 first class seats in a 2-2 configuration, 18 in economy class. premium. seats in 3-3 configuration and 123 seats in economy class in 3-3 configuration.
In the past, Alaska Airlines has operated flights from San Francisco to Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo and Mazaltán, using its Mcdonnell Douglas MD-80, according to DepartedFlights schedules.
As part of an effort to target more “sun and fun” travelers, Alaska Airlines announced the resumption of service between San Francisco and Cancun in June, after ending the route in early 2018. the airline’s merger with Virgin America. In the same announcement, carrier Oneworld announced new flights from Portland to New Orleans and Tampa and flights from Palm Springs to Austin.
Additionally, in May, Alaska Airlines unveiled new flights to Belize City, Belize, strengthening its presence in Latin America. Using its Boeing 737-800, the Seattle-based carrier plans to add seasonal flights to Los Angeles and Seattle from November.
With these new destinations, Alaska Airlines is expanding its offer to Mexico with up to 27 flights per day on peak days, mainly centered around its Californian bases. Departing from San Francisco, the airline will offer six destinations in Mexico, including Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and San José del Cabo, in addition to new flights to Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo, Loreto and Mazaltán.
Meanwhile, its flagship Bay Area town, San Jose, receives flights to Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and San Jose del Cabo. Currently, its Los Angeles hub receives the most flights to Mexico, with the eight destinations of Alaska Airlines, which are Cancun, Guadalajara, Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo, Loreto, San Jose del Cabo, Manzanillo, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta. From its hubs in the Pacific Northwest: Portland and Seattle, Alaska Airlines plans to offer up to 7 flights per day to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and San Jose del Cabo.
In a statement, Brett Catlin, vice president of network and alliances at Alaska Airlines, said, “Our customers are eager to relax, disconnect and have fun, and the places we fly to in Mexico are ideal places to do it. With a total of seven non-stop destinations departing from the Bay Area this winter, including options from San Francisco and San José, the tropical paradise is only a short drive away. Plus, we offer convenient direct flights from Los Angeles and San Diego to a range of destinations in Mexico and Latin America. “
In 2017, Virgin America announced a merger with Alaska Airlines, transferring its San Francisco hub to Alaska Airlines. To commemorate the transfer of the hub, Alaska Airlines has revamped its offer from San Francisco, adding flights to Albuquerque, NM, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Kona, Hawaii; Mexico City, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Orange County, California; Philadelphia and Raleigh / Durham.
However, in 2018, the Seattle-based airline announced that it had started slowly reducing its portfolio of routes from San Francisco, cutting flights to Denver, Indianapolis, Mexico City and Minneapolis from its schedule, according to AirlineRoute. Additionally, Alaska Airlines withdrew from Albuquerque, Kansas City, Kona, Nashville, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Raleigh / Durham in 2019 and 2020.
Since 2019, Alaska Airlines has expanded its destinations in the western United States, adding flights to Anchorage, Redmond / Bend, Oregon and Spokane, Wash. During and after the COVID-19 pandemic, Alaska Airlines is increasing its airport leisure portfolio, due to increased demand for pleasure travel, with new flights to Boise, Idaho; Bozeman and Missoula in Montana; Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Tampa, Florida.