Now that’s pun-ny! There is no need to olé-over now that Alaska Airlines has introduced direct flights between San Francisco and Mexico City…although before the carrier’s inauguration three other airlines were already serving the route. Alaska Airlines will serve this route, which launched 8 August, daily on its 737-800 fleet.
- Alaska Airlines made a return to Mexico City (MEX) on 8 August after a two-year absence, launching on this day routes from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). The carrier, which last served the Mexican capital in September 2015 from Los Angeles, restarted the 2,498-kilometre connection with a daily 737-800-operated service, the same aircraft it had previously used on the route. Flights from San Francisco, a route of 3,027 kilometres, will also be flown on its 737-800s. Both Californian-Mexican routes will face strong competition, with Los Angeles services going head-to-head with Aeromexico (six times daily), Volaris (20 weekly flights), American Airlines (twice-daily), Interjet (twice-daily) and United Airlines (daily). San Francisco flights will face direct competition from Aeromexico (24 weekly flights), United (twice-daily) and Volaris (three times daily).