Southwest Airlines goes international from Oakland

Southwest Airlines’ Oakland to Mexico

It’s a thumbs-up to Oakland Airport for producing this splendid Mexico flag-inspired cake at the launch of Southwest Airlines’ flights to Puerto Vallarta and San Jose del Cabo on 12 February. Among those celebrating with the cake are Bryant Francis, Director of Aviation, Port of Oakland, and Leah Koontz, VP of Finance & Controller, Southwest Airlines. The routes to Mexico, the airline’s first international links from Oakland, will be flown daily on its 737-700s.

  • Southwest Airlines commenced its first international flights from Oakland (OAK) on 12 February. The airline will link the Californian city to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) and San Jose del Cabo (SJD) in Mexico with daily 737-700-operated flights. Both 2,501- and 2,008-kilometre sectors will face no direct competition. “We’re thrilled that Southwest continues to have East and North Bay residents in mind, adding these two often requested routes from Oakland, home of their largest and most extensive Bay Area operation. Travellers across Southwest’s western network – in particular those in Reno-Tahoe, Boise, Spokane, and Portland – also now have faster and more reliable options by connecting here at Oakland,” said Bryant Francis, Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland. “These new non-stop flights translate to greatly reduced journey times for sun and fun seekers resulting in more time at their destination.” With these latest launches, it brings to six the number of destinations in Mexico served directly from Oakland. Along with those launched by Southwest Airlines, Volaris connects to Guadalajara, Tijuana, Morelia and Leon, while Mexico City is also served seasonally during summer by the airline. 

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