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Swoop arrives in Cancun today

Swoop, today, January 14, celebrates its inaugural flight between John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM) and Cancun International Airport (CUN). The four-hour nonstop flight departs Hamilton at 8:00 a.m. EST and arrives Cancun at 11:59 a.m. EST.

The Cancun International Airport and tourism partners are welcoming travellers upon landing with a water arch, live mariachi band, refreshments and gift bags.

This marks Swoop’s third inaugural flight to Mexico this month with service to Puerto Vallarta kicking-off from Hamilton and Abbotsford last week. Swoop will celebrate one more inaugural on January 20, 2019 between Abbotsford and Mazatlán.

Flights are now available for booking through to April 27, 2019.

Details of Swoop’s service to Mexico:

Service Between Service Offered Weekly Frequency Total One-Way
Price From*
Hamilton and Puerto
Vallarta
Tuesday,
Saturday
2 x per week $139 CAD
Hamilton and Cancun Monday, Friday,
Saturday
3 x per week $139 CAD
Abbotsford and Puerto
Vallarta
Monday,
Saturday
2 x per week $159 CAD
Abbotsford and Mazatlán Thursday,
Sunday
2 x per week $159 CAD
Every day low fares. Lower promotional fares may be available during select travel periods.

Lufthansa launches three long-haul leisure destinations from Frankfurt

Lufthansa Airbus A340-313 D-AIGY (msn 335) FRA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 930616.

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) is adding three new long-haul destinations from its Frankfurt hub to Cancún, Mexico, Malé, in the Maldives, and Mauritius.

The expansion kicked off on December 8, when flight LH 514 departed Frankfurt for Cancún. This was followed on Wednesday, December 9 with flight LH 704 to Malé. The week was rounded off on December 10 with flight LH 708 to Mauritius.

Lufthansa has added to its network in the last few months, with Tampa, Florida and Nairobi, Kenya being added in late September and late October respectively. In March 2016, flights to Panama City, Panama will begin.

The aircraft used for these flights – equipped with a FlyNet broadband connection – is the Airbus A340-300, with seats spread over three different travel classes. Out of a total of 298 seats, 18 are in Business Class, 19 in Premium Economy and 261 in Economy.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. 8 Airbus A340-300s are being transferred to and leased-back from Lufthansa CityLine and will be operated in a high-density configuration on leisure routes. Airbus A340-313 D-AIGY (msn 335) prepares to depart from the Frankfurt hub.

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American to add new routes to Cancun, Mexico

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American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will offer new access to Cancun, Mexico when it adds new service from four U.S. cities in 2016. The new seasonal service to Cancun International Airport (CUN) will operate on Saturdays from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), Nashville International Airport (BNA) and Kansas City International Airport (MCI). Service will start on March 5, 2016.

In August, American announced plans to provide customers a more seamless experience with its Airbus 319 fleet. A319s will be retrofitted with AC power ports at every seat and new overhead bins with increased storage for carryon bags. When complete, all A319s will be configured with 128 seats with 8 First Class seats and 18 Main Cabin Extra seats.

American is taking delivery of more than 100 new aircraft this year, giving it the youngest fleet of any U.S.-based network carrier. Orders include the Airbus A320 and A320neo family, A350-900s, Boeing 737 MAX, 777-300ERs and 787s, which will make American’s fleet even younger, more modern and fuel efficient.

Photo: American Airlines. AA has released an early photo of its new Boeing 737-800 Reno Air legacy retro jet.

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Air Canada rouge to start Vancouver – Cancun flights

Air Canada rouge (Toronto-Pearson) will start weekly Boeing 767-300 ER service between Vancouver and Cancun on February 15, 2016 for the winter season per Airline Route.

In other news, Air Canada will make the Calgary – Portland, OR a year-round service.

Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-333 ER C-FMWY (msn 25587) lands in Dublin.

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Condor to add new long-haul weekly service from Munich next summer

Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt) is planning to start new long-haul service from Munich commencing in June 2016 according to Airline Route. The carrier will add weekly flights to Cancun (starting on June 6, 2016), Halifax ( June 3, 2016), Havana (June 4, 2016), Windhoek (June 29, 2016) and Zanzibar-Mombasa (June 21, 2016).

 

The new routes will be operated with Boeing 767-300s.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-330 ER D-ABUE (msn 26984) taxies at the Munich with the special “Janosch and Condor support a Heart for Children” and “Sunny Heart” livery.

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Volaris to expand into Costa Rica

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Volaris (Mexico City) has announced their expansion into the Costa Rica market with the launch of two new flights from Cancun, Quintana Roo and Guadalajara, Jalisco to Costa Rica’s capital city, San Jose, starting on September 10 with two flights per week.

Volaris is expanding its presence to Costa Rica as part of the carrier’s international growth plans, seeking to increase the country’s connectivity to Mexico’s most important cities as well the US market. Volaris CEO, Enrique Beltranena said: “We are extremely proud to announce flights to Costa Rica, a destination special not only as a natural and adventure tourism location, but also for their history and cultural heritage”.

“Two new services plus our innovative business framework make visiting Costa Rica easier than ever for our Customers in Mexico”, Beltranena added.

Separately, Costa Rica Minister of Tourism, Mauricio Ventura said, “Mexico is Latin America’s top issuing market for tourism by air, which is why Volaris’ bet strengthens the work we’ve done towards attracting more airlines and opening our markets by increasing the number of seats available to the destination and becoming a complement to traditional offerings with an option that provides good service at an affordable price,” the official said. “This also introduces an element of competitiveness in terms of fares to Costa Rica.”

To date, Volaris is the airline with the widest route network servicing Mexico and the US. The carrier has transported nearly 50 million passengers since it started operating in 2006, and this number continues on the rise as a result of more than 240 daily flights operated to 61 leading destinations, including 38 in Mexico and 23 internationally.

For those interested in the new service, flight schedules, including dates and times of operation, are announced as follows:

San Jose, Costa Rica – Guadalajara, Jalisco
(Effective September 10. Thursday and Sunday)

Departing Guadalajara, Jalisco at 7:20 hrs., arriving San Jose, Costa Rica at 9:55 hrs.
Departing San Jose, Costa Rica at 19:05 hrs., arriving Guadalajara, Jalisco at 23:30 hrs.
San Jose, Costa Rica- Cancun, Quintana Roo
(Effective September 10. Thursday and Sunday)

Departing San Jose, Costa Rica at 11:25 hrs., arriving Cancun, Quintana Roo at 14:40 hrs.
Departing Cancun, Quintana Roo at 16:15 hrs., arriving San Jose, Costa Rica at 17:35 hrs.

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. Volaris Airbus A319-133 XA-VOE (msn 3069) (Erick) arrives in Las Vegas.

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Southwest Airlines to fly to Liberia, Costa Rica, announces new international routes from Houston Hobby

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Southwest Airlines (Dallas) extended its bookable flight schedule through January 4, 2016, offering new international service between eight cities and Houston (Hobby) by the end of this year, including the carrier’s 97th destination, Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport at Liberia in the Guanacaste beach and resort region of northwest Costa Rica, subject to foreign government approval.

Beginning October 15, 2015, Southwest will off new, nonstop service from Houston (Hobby) and:

Cancun, Mexico (twice daily)
Mexico City, Mexico (once daily)
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (once daily)
San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico (once daily)
Belize City, Belize* (once daily)
San Jose, Costa Rica* (once daily)

*subject to approval of foreign government

Beginning November 1, 2015, additional daily international flights begin from:

Houston (Hobby) and Liberia/Guanacaste, Costa Rica* (once daily)
Houston (Hobby) and Montego Bay, Jamaica* (once daily)

*subject to approval of foreign government

During the upcoming summer travel season, Southwest will offer up to 159 departures a day from Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport serving 45 destinations nonstop while contractors, designers, and workers enter the homestretch of constructing a $156 million, five-gate international terminal complex, along with associated City of Houston projects for new parking and roadway improvements.

Other International Flights

Also pending the approval of the Mexican government, new once-daily service between Denver and Puerto Vallarta begins November 1, 2015.

Daily service between Orange County/Santa Ana and both Mexican resort areas of Puerto Vallarta and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos will be augmented by a second, seasonal trip on Saturdays beginning November 7.

The same day, Southwest also begins Saturday-only service between Baltimore/Washington and Liberia, Costa Rica, subject to foreign governmental approval.

New Domestic Flights

The flight schedule extension beginning November 1, 2015, includes recurrent and new seasonal flying as well as new, twice daily service between Indianapolis and New York LaGuardia, daily service between Denver and Cleveland, and new flights between Austin and both Seattle/Tacoma and Boston (Logan). New service between Akron/Canton and Las Vegas begins daily operation on November 15, 2015, and on November 22, 2015, Southwest will begin daily flights between Orange County/Santa Ana and both St. Louis and Kansas City.

Houston (Hobby) International Terminal Project

In early 2012, Southwest Airlines approached the City of Houston seeking permission to look into the construction of a five-gate international facility at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) to offer near-international service. Mayor Annise Parker later offered her support to bring the proposal before the full Houston City Council, which voted to authorize construction of the $156 million facility. The carrier announced its intention to serve an initial complement of international destinations from Houston (Hobby) in December 2014, and on Mar. 7, 2015, the carrier launched seasonal international service on Saturdays between Aruba and Houston (Hobby).

Copyright Photo below: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8H4 N8656B (msn 42530) with APB Split Scimitar Winglets approaches the runway at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport.

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