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Southwest Airlines crosses the 100 flight milestone to Latin America and the Caribbean

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) for the first time will operate a summer Saturday schedule of 104 scheduled flights among a dozen airports in the continental United States and ten cities across the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America.

At Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) near San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, Southwest flight 394 touched down on June 13 from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), and was welcomed with a ceremonial water arch and a reception at the gate. The nonstop service to/from BWI and the international airport in Baja California Sur operates weekly on Saturdays, and is the carrier’s fourth nonstop market to the Cabo San Lucas region.

The carrier began service in its 95th city, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, via Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) on Sunday, June 7, with daily, nonstop service to/from Orange County/Santa Ana (SNA) and connecting points across the U.S. The carrier has also announced daily, nonstop service between PVR and both Denver and Houston (Hobby). The Ministers of Tourism for both Mexican States of Jalisco and Nayarit are expected to welcome Southwest Airlines in its first month of serving Puerto Vallarta on June 18, the carrier’s 44th birthday.

Southwest spread its wings beyond the 48 contiguous United States in April 2013 with service to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The carrier’s international operations began less than a year ago on July 1, 2014, and include daily, near-international or longer-distance/over-water flights from a dozen gateway cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore/Washington, Chicago (Midway), Denver, Houston (Hobby), Fort Lauderdale, Milwaukee, Orange County/Santa Ana, Orlando, San Antonio, and Tampa Bay. Southwest offers service between the U.S. mainland and San Juan, Puerto Rico, along with these destinations in six countries: Cancun, Mexico City, San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; San Jose, Costa Rica; Oranjestad, Aruba; Nassau, The Bahamas; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Next up for Southwest is previously announced scheduled service to the carrier’s seventh near-international country and 96th destination, Belize City, Belize, made possible by a $156 million international terminal facility at Houston (Hobby) scheduled to open October 15, 2015. Then, on November 1, Southwest begins previously announced scheduled service between Houston and the carrier’s 97th city, Liberia, Costa Rica. Both routes are subject to foreign government approval.

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7H4 N909WN (msn 32458) in the special Beats Music motif arrives at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI).

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Route Map: Southwest Airlines’ foreign expansion to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (click on the map for the larger view):

Southwest 6.15 Foreign Route Map

 

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Alitalia to open a new nonstop route from Rome to Mexico City

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Alitalia (3rd) (Rome) is planning to launch a new route from Rome (Fiumicino) to Mexico City.

The company issued this statement:

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The Italy-Mexico Business Council was held in Milan at the Institute for International Policy Studies. Presided by Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto and the Italian Council President Matteo Renzi, Alitalia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mexican Government aimed at opening a new direct flight from Rome to Mexico City. The agreement signed outlines the contributions and commitment of the parties aimed toward increasing tourism and economic growth for both countries.

The opening of this new route is made possible by the investment plan that Alitalia implemented which includes a renewal of the long-haul fleet.

The second new Airbus A330 for long-haul flights is now in service, complete with the new livery, redesigned interior and upgraded meal service in business class, as well as WiFi connectivity in all class cabins. The first newly styled and liveried A330 was unveiled on June 4. The addition of these two aircraft has increased the long haul fleet to 24, inclusive of 14 Airbus A330s and 10 Boeing 777s. The business plan forecasts an additional five new planes for long haul routes by 2018.

With the Mexico City agreement, Alitalia reconfirms its commitment to the development of the intercontinental network. Since the beginning of the year the company has already launched four new intercontinental flights to Seoul (from Rome), Shanghai (from Milan) and Abu Dhabi (from Milan Malpensa and Venice, added to the route from Rome). Flights between Rome and Beijing will begin in Fall 2015.

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JetBlue to launch new service to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood from Baltimore/Washington and Philadelphia, will also expand to Mexico City

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JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced plans for two new routes that will grow its presence in the Baltimore-Washington and Philadelphia metropolitan areas and continue its expansion in its focus cities in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood.

Beginning November 12, JetBlue will operate new once daily service between Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) — the same day JetBlue launches previously announced service between Baltimore/Washington and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood. Within the National Capital Region, JetBlue also operates flights out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Beginning November 19, JetBlue will operate twice daily service between Philadelphia (PHL) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL). Philadelphia is one of the largest markets JetBlue currently does not serve from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and will play a part in its growth towards 100 daily flights to meet increasing customer demand in South Florida.

JetBlue will serve both routes with its Airbus A320 aircraft.

JetBlue’s Daily Schedule between Baltimore-Washington and Orlando as of November 12, 2015:

BWI – MCO   MCO – BWI

11.20 a.m. – 1.56 p.m.   2.42 p.m. – 5.15 p.m.

JetBlue’s Daily Schedule between Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood as of November 19, 2015:

PHL – FLL   FLL – PHL

7.30 a.m. – 10.09 a.m.   9.45 a.m. – 12.21 p.m.

1.05 p.m. – 3.50 p.m.   6.30 p.m. – 9.13 p.m.

JetBlue also announced plans to begin flying to Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport, one of the largest markets in the Americas. Mexico City will be JetBlue’s second destination in Mexico and its 35th in the Latin America and Caribbean region, where JetBlue continues to expand its presence as a leading U.S. airline.

Daily service to Mexico City International Airport (MEX) will launch on October 1 from JetBlue’s two focus cities in Florida, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Orlando International Airport (MCO).

Service from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando to Mexico City will operate in the evening, with flights back to the U.S. from Mexico City offered in the early morning.

JetBlue will serve both routes with its Airbus A320 aircraft.

JetBlue continues to grow its footprint in Latin America and the Caribbean. The airline recently announced plans to serve Quito, Antigua, and Grenada, and to offer its successful Mint experience from New York to Aruba and Barbados on Saturdays between November 7, 2015 and April 30, 2016, and daily between December 19, 2015 and January 4, 2016.

Copyright Photo below: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N746JB (msn 3622) in the special New York Jets motif arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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The growing route map from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport:

JetBlue FLL 5.2015 Route Map

Spirit Airlines launches Houston – Cancun flights, the first international service from Houston

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Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) yesterday (May 7) launched its first of several new flights to Latin America from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) with new service to Cancun, Mexico.

Spirit will add six additional Latin American destinations in the coming days, with nonstop service to Los Cabos, Mexico; Toluca, Mexico; Managua, Nicaragua; San Jose, Costa Rica; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; and San Salvador, El Salvador available.

The debut is part of the steady growth by Spirit, which announced last year the addition of 10 new non-stop destinations out of IAH, bringing its total of routes served to 22. This includes expanded domestic service to Tampa and Baltimore/Washington, which began in March, and nonstop service to Oakland/San Francisco, which began in April.

The expansion nearly doubled the nonstop service offered by Spirit from Bush Intercontinental, adding to a roster that already includes flights to Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, Orlando, and San Diego. The new routes will make Spirit one of the busiest carriers operating out of IAH.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) prepares to land in Las Vegas.

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Alaska Airlines to launch Mexican flights from Orange County in October

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma), further to our previous report, has announced new nonstop flights from Orange County, California, to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Pending approval from the Mexico Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC), the airline will begin service in early October.

Los Cabos will commence on October 8 and Puerto Vallarta the following day.

The flights will be operated with Boeing 737s on the following schedule:

Alaska SNA-Mexico Schedule

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-790 N619AS (msn 30164) taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

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AeroMexico to operate the Boeing 787 domestically between Mexico City and Monterrey

AeroMexico (Mexico City) has announced that it will begin offering four weekly flights in April connecting Mexico City and Monterrey with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Adding the Dreamliner to this route will also allow the airline to increase the seat capacity of its morning flights by 51%, meaning that more customers will be able to travel to and from Terminal B at the Monterrey International Airport, connecting to the other domestic and international destinations served by Aeromexico.

AeroMexico’s seven Dreamliners operate on routes to Buenos Aires, London (Heathrow), Los Angeles, Madrid, New York (JFK), Paris (CDG), Santiago and Tokyo (Narita) routes.

Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. Brand new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner XA-AMR (msn 36844) is the third AM aircraft to wear this registration. Pictured at New York (JFK), XA-AMR was delivered new on February 9, 2015 and is named “Ciudad de Mexico”.

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WestJet today launches flights to Loreto, Mexico

WestJet (Calgary) today launched new, seasonal nonstop service between Calgary and Loreto, Mexico. The inaugural weekly flight departed from Calgary International Airport at 9 a.m. mountain time.

Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-6CT C-GWCY (msn 35113) is pictured landing at the Calgary base.

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