This week, Southwest Airlines announced plans to add non-stop flights from Houston, TX to Puerto Vallarta, and four other Mexico destinations in October, 2015. In addition to flights from Houston to Puerto Vallarta, the airline is also seeking approval for flights to Mexico City, Cancun, and San Jose from Houston’s Hobby Airport.
Last month Southwest Airlines announced its plans to file an application with the US Department of Transportation to offer non-stop flights from Orange County, California to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico beginning June 15, 2015, pending government approval.
Southwest Airlines is currently building a five-gate international concourse at Houston’s Hobby Airport with a partnership between the airline and the City of Houston.
If approved, Southwest Airlines will become the seventh airline offering direct flights from the US to Puerto Vallarta. Other airlines currently flying direct from the United States to PVR are Delta, Aeromexico, American Airlines, Frontier, United, and Alaska Airlines.
Airlines and cruise ship operators have increasingly moved to offer more services to the Puerto Vallarta area as its appeal to tourists strengthens. The destinations of Vallarta-Nayarit have seen double digit growth in tourism compared to 2013.
In 2015 Puerto Vallarta’s Port Authority reports that each month of the year will receive cruise ships to Puerto Vallarta for the first time, with an expected increase of Puerto Vallarta Cruises over 40%. Typically cruise ships do not have enough passenger demand for cruises to the area during the summer, the tourist destinations off-season. However due to increased demand, some operators will be offering year-round cruises next year.