Dallas-based Southwest Airlines has announced that it will be suspending 17 routes in January, including flights from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, effective January 6.
“We are always evaluating our service patterns and performance to ensure that we are offering the right number of seats for the community based on demand from travelers,” a Southwest spokesperson said in a statement.
The announcement comes on the same day that Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico announced international arrivals to Puerto Vallarta were down 6% in July compared to the same month last year.
The carrier will also be eliminating service from Los Angeles to Cancun, Omaha, Nebraska, and Pittsburgh. From Boston, the carrier will eliminate service to Atlanta, Kansas City, Missouri, and Milwaukee.
From its hub in Dallas, the carrier will eliminate service to Oklahoma City, Jacksonville, Florida, and San Francisco. In Florida, Southwest will be eliminating service from Orlando to Oakland, San Jose, and Sacramento, California. The Fort Lauderdale to Jacksonville route will also be suspended. Southwest will be also be eliminating service between New York-Orlando, Columbus, Ohio-Oakland, and Austin, Texas-San Francisco.
“This will allow us to reallocate that capacity on service that is a better opportunity to address the demand of our local Dallas customers,” said a statement from Southwest in regards to the elimination of the Dallas routes, with the Oklahoma City flight acting as an essential route in connecting Texas and Oklahoma.