Alaska Airlines Ups The Ante

Carrier adds six weekly flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco

By: Dawna Robertson

Alaska Airlines is bulking up its schedule for the fall, adding six more weekly flights on existing routes to some of Mexico’s most popular resort destinations.

Starting Oct. 29, Alaska will increase the number of weekly flights connecting Los Angeles and Loreto from three to four, Manzanillo from four to six, and Mazatlan from seven to eight. The airline will also up weekly service between San Francisco and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo from two to four flights.

The carrier’s total capacity serving Mexico will increase by 22 percent this fall, resulting from more frequent flights on existing routes and the addition of five new nonstop routes.

Alaska also plans to inaugurate roundtrip nonstop service in the fall between Los Angeles and La Paz, both San Francisco and Seattle to Cancun, and from Portland to both Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.

“Mexico is an increasingly popular destination for customers throughout Alaska Airlines’ route system, including customers flying directly from California and the Pacific Northwest, and those connecting from Canada, Alaska and beyond,” said Gregg Saretsky, Alaska Airlines’ executive vice president of marketing and planning. “This fall, we’re adding a significant number of new routes and more frequent flights to Mexico in response to this growing demand.”

Since introducing service to Mexico in 1988, Alaska Airlines now transports over 1.2 million passengers annually between the U.S. West Coast and Mexico. During its upcoming winter schedule, the carrier will operate up to 44 flights daily serving 10 Mexican destinations, including Cancun, Guadalajara, Ix-tapa/Zihuatanejo, La Paz, Loreto, Los Cabos, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Mexico City and Puerto Val-larta.

Alaska Airlines Vacations promotes vacation packages to each of the Mexico resort desti-nations the airline serves. Mealtime flights feature the airline’s “Northern Bites” meals-for-purchase service, which allows coach passengers to purchase a meal onboard for $5.