2 August, 2005: /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alaska Airlines today began daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Mexico City, marking an important milestone in the airline's expanding service to Mexico. The airline will add a second daily flight on Oct. 30.
"This is the 'jewel in the crown' of Alaska Airlines' Mexico service," said Julian Acosta y Castella, director general for Alaska's Mexico operations. "The new route to Mexico City underscores our 17-year tradition of reliable and friendly air service between Mexico and U.S. destinations at competitive fares."
The new daily nonstop flight departs LAX at 11:51 p.m. Pacific time and arrives in Mexico City at 5:36 a.m. Central time. For customers traveling from Seattle to Mexico City, a Seattle-LAX flight departing Seattle at 7:50 p.m. Pacific time and arriving at LAX at 10:25 p.m. offers a conveniently timed connection. One-stop continuing service on the same aircraft from Seattle to Mexico City via Los Angeles will begin Sept. 11.
The daily northbound flight departs Mexico City at 6:36 a.m. Central time and arrives at LAX at 8:34 a.m. Pacific time. This flight continues to Seattle from Los Angeles at 10:30 a.m. and arrives in Seattle at 1 p.m.
Flying the LAX-Mexico City route will be a Boeing 737-700 aircraft featuring leather seats, 12 in first class seats and 112 in coach. The flight includes complimentary hot snack or meal service.
The second daily flight starting Oct. 30 will offer one-stop continuing service to and from Portland, Ore. Both routings will allow passengers to easily connect to cities in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Alaska and throughout Alaska Airlines' network.
"Alaska Airlines has pursued this important route for more than a decade," said Gregg Saretsky, Alaska Airlines' executive vice president of marketing and planning. "As Mexico's business, government and cultural center, Mexico City will be a popular addition to our growing United States-Mexico network. We expect both business and leisure travelers to take advantage of our affordable fares between Los Angeles and Mexico City and convenient connections to other U.S. West Coast cities."
The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Alaska the route in May, making it one of only four airlines authorized to provide service between Los Angeles and Mexico City. The United States-Mexico bilateral agreement, which governs air service between the two countries, limits service on the route to two carriers from each country.
Alaska began service to Mexico in 1988 and now flies more than a million passengers annually to nine Mexican destinations. In addition to Mexico City, the airline flies between Los Angeles and Loreto, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mazatlan, Guadalajara and Cancun.