Travel Weekly's Mexico E-Letter: February 26, 2003

US AIRWAYS wants Transportation Department permission to offer service from its Charlotte and Philadelphia hubs to Mexico City. Regarding Charlotte, US Airways said the service would link the Mexican capital to the state that has the fastest growing Mexican population in the U.S. In a request filed Feb. 24, US Airways told the DOT it wants to begin Charlotte service as soon as October and Philadelphia service early next year, with both routes using A319 aircraft. Mexico City would become the airline's 22nd jet destination in the Caribbean or Latin America.

MEANWHILE, Alaska Airlines is seeking DOT approval to fly from Los Angeles to Guadalajara on a daily basis aboard a 138-seat Boeing 737-400. "This would be a significant benefit to passengers in California, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Canada and Mexico, and a strategic addition to our route structure," said Don Garvett, Alaska Airlines' vice president of planning and revenue management. Garvett said the proposed schedule would provide convenient daily connections between Guadalajara and more than 50 cities served by Alaska and its sister carrier, Horizon Air. Alaska currently provides service to six Mexico destinations with 19 daily departures.

THE EL CID Golf & Country Club in Mazatlan entered into an agreement with Worldwide Golf Corp. to operate a golf school at the resort, effective immediately. Resort general manager Joaquin Duenas called the golf school a "natural fit' for the resort and said it will "round out the amenities that the resort and club offers its guests." All instruction programs will be commissionable to travel agents. Programs will cost from $169 per student for a half-day session to $900 for a three-day session.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS and Fiesta Americana are promoting reduced rates at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun and Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort through Dec. 25. Four-night, land-only packages at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun start at $331 per person, double, while four-night packages at the Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort start at $252 per person, double. Included are roundtrip airport transfers, accommodations, all hotel taxes and surcharges, and on-site assistance from Pleasant's customer service representatives. To book, visit www.pleasantagent.com.

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