Southwest, one of the largest domestic airlines in the United States, inaugurated its new San Diego-Puerto Vallarta routes, as well as San Jose and Sacramento, California, to Los Cabos, Baja California Sur.
Brad Hawkins, a spokesman for Southwest Airlines, said it is an honor to be able to offer travelers from both countries the option to fly conveniently, with low fares, two free checked bags and no charges for reservation changes.
“These new non-stop flights translate into less travel time and more time to explore the incredible destinations we offer,” he said when opening the San Diego-Puerto Vallarta commercial flight that departed at 7:00 am local time and arrived two hours later.
He pointed out that both Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos, since they started operations in 2014, are very important for Southwest, since they are highly sought-after destinations for US tourists looking to vacation on Mexican beaches.
In a festive atmosphere, American and Mexican tourists residing in the country were received by the airline’s staff at the San Diego International Airport, from where they departed to reach Puerto Vallarta.
Southwest currently has 10 routes from Cancun to Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Milwaukee, Denver, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, as well as the weekly service to Nashville and St. Louis.
Meanwhile, in Los Cabos has eight routes to Houston, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, Orange County, Los Angeles, Oakland and San Diego.
Puerto Vallarta has five routes to Houston, Denver, Orange County, Los Angeles and Oakland; while Mexico City has four daily flights to Houston Hobby.
Southwest Airlines announced last month its intention to begin transporting cargo to international destinations, starting in May 2018, including Mexico City, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.