AirTran launches new routes to Mexico and Puerto Rico

There were Mexican celebrations at San Antonio International Airport, which welcomed AirTran’s two new routes to neighbouring Mexico from the Texan airport. Traditional Mexican dancing and music was on offer along with Mexican pastries and cookies.

On 24 May, there were Mexican celebrations at San Antonio International Airport, which welcomed AirTran’s two new routes to neighbouring Mexico from the Texan airport. Traditional Mexican dancing and music was on offer along with Mexican pastries and cookies.

  • AirTran, now merged with Southwest Airlines, launched six routes last week; however, the two intra-state routes from Houston Hobby, TX (HOU) are merely frequencies taken over from Southwest. From Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL), the airline is now taking on fellow low-cost airlines jetBlue and Spirit on the route to Puerto Rico’s San Juan (SJU), while the two routes between Texas and the popular Mexican resort city of Cancun (CUN) compete with United. The route between San Antonio, TX (SAT) and Mexico City (MEX) notably competes with Aeromexico as well as the low-cost airline Interjet, which only launched the route last December as its first route to the US.
Date Origin Destination WF* A/c Competition (WF*)
24-May-12 Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) San Juan (SJU) 14 B73G jetBlue (35), Spirit Airlines (7)
24-May-12 Houston Hobby, TX (HOU) Austin, TX (AUS) 4 B73G Southwest (32)
24-May-12 Houston Hobby, TX (HOU) San Antonio, TX (SAT) 3 B73G Southwest (32)
24-May-12 San Antonio, TX (SAT) Mexico City (MEX) 7 B73G Aeromexico (21), Interjet (12)
24-May-12 San Antonio, TX (SAT) Cancun (CUN) 4 B73G United (1)
25-May-12 Austin, TX (AUS) Cancun (CUN) 4 B73G United (1)
*WF: Weekly Frequency
Source: Innovata data for w/c 4 June 2012

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