Alaska Airlines looks to La Paz, Cancun

Alaska Airlines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to fly nonstop between Los Angeles and La Paz, Mexico, and between San Francisco and Cancun, Mexico. If approved, the airline’s Los Angeles-La Paz flights will operate year-round starting Oct. 30, while its San Francisco-Cancun nonstop service will operate seasonally from Oct. 29 to April 28.

Initially, Alaska plans to offer nonstop service three days a week on both routes.

“These new flights we are hoping to add are a natural extension of our growing route system between the U.S. West Coast and Mexico,” said John MacLeod, Alaska’s managing director of planning and alliances. “With the growth in leisure travel between San Francisco and Cancun and the increasing popularity of La Paz as a resort destination, we are anticipating strong customer demand for this service.”

A DOT decision on the new nonstop routes is expected in July.

Alaska Airlines introduced service to Mexico in 1988. During its winter schedule, the airline operates 38 flights daily serving nine Mexican destinations, including Cancun, Guadalajara, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Loreto, Los Cabos, Manzanillo/Costa Alegre, Mazatlan, Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta.