Airlines add Mexico flights, promotional specials

MEXICO CITY -- Three airlines announced promotional fares and plans for new service to Mexico.

• America West launched nonstop service four days a week between its Las Vegas hub and Mexico City. The airline is using an A320 with room for 12 in first class and 138 in the main cabin.

Flight 179 departs Las Vegas at 12:55 a.m. and arrives in Mexico City at 6:30 a.m. On the return, Flight 178 departs Mexico City at 9 p.m. and arrives in Las Vegas at 10:50 p.m. The flights operate Thursdays through Sundays.

For information or reservation, call (800) 235-9292 or visit the Web at www.americawest.com.

• Mexicana Airlines is offering an introductory roundtrip fare of $440 to promote its new nonstop flights from Sacramento, Calif., to Guadalajara, with continuing service to Mexico City.

The service begins July 1 with four weekly flights. Tickets must be purchased by June 30 for travel by Aug. 31.

As part of the promotion, Mexicana is extending double miles for members of its frequent flyer program.

Meanwhile, the airline is offering a 39% discount on its Executive Class fares between Denver and Mexico City through June 30. This promotion also offers double miles for members of its frequent flyer program.

For information or reservations, call (800) 531-7921 or visit www.mexicana.com.

• Continental said it will launch daily nonstop flights between Houston's George Bush Airport and Villahermosa in December, pending government approval. If approved, the service will be aboard 50-passenger jets.

Villahermosa, centrally located in the state of Tabasco, is in the heart of Mexico's oil industry. Surrounded by three rivers, the city is close to numerous archaeological and natural attractions.

Villahermosa will become the 20th Mexican city served by Continental and Continental Express. Continental is the largest U.S carrier to Mexico, with more than 300 weekly departures.

Under the plan, Continental Express flights will depart Houston at 9:30 a.m. and arrive in Villahermosa at 12:20 p.m. The return flight will leave Villahermosa at 1:20 p.m. and arrive in Houston at 4:10 p.m.

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