wants to expand its Mexico
service outside its Denver hub. The airline said it has asked the
DOT for permission to serve Cancun from Kansas City, Lambert-St.
Louis and Salt Lake City starting July 3. Initially, nonstop
service would be offered on Saturdays, complementing Frontier's
existing service from its Denver hub. "Mexico has been a very
popular destination from our Denver hub," said Sean Menke, senior
vice president of marketing, who added that demand for Mexico from
Frontier's other gateways is growing. Pending approval, the airline
plans to offer introductory fares to Cancun from the three cities
starting at $358 roundtrip. Frontier also plans to offer members of
its frequent flyer program double miles between the three U.S.
cities and Cancun.
IN OTHER AIRLINE NEWS, Continental on April 4
launched daily nonstop service from George Bush Airport in Houston
to Monclova. With the addition of Monclova, a business and
industrial center in northern Mexico, Continental now serves 24
cities in Mexico, offering more than 365 weekly departures to the
destination. The Monclova route is being operated aboard
37-passenger jets featuring a fully equipped galley. Flights depart
Houston at 8:40 p.m. and arrive in Monclova at 10:16 p.m. The
return flight departs Monclova at 8:10 a.m. and arrives in Houston
at 9:40 a.m.
OK, ONE MORE AIRLINE ITEM. Effective April 1,
Mexicana, American and Iberia began offering frequent flyer
reciprocity, the result of recently announced code-sharing
agreements. Mexicana left the Star Alliance on March 31. Mexicana's
agreement with American includes more than 500 roundtrip flights
each week between the U.S. and Mexico. It allows American's
passengers to fly to 21 new cities in Mexico, including Merida and
Oaxaca. The code-share pact with Iberia expands the Spanish
carrier's reach in Mexico and allows its customers to fly to 30
destinations. The deal also gives Iberia access to 10 new
destinations in the U.S. and Canada. Mexicana, meanwhile, gained
access to 34 destinations in Spain, 31 in other European countries
and six in Africa and the Middle East.
HOST MARRIOTT AND MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL sold
the Mexico City Airport Marriott to a local company for an
undisclosed sum, Marriott said. The 600-room hotel is being managed
by Camino Real, which took control of the property Jan. 30 and
renamed it the Camino Real Aeropuerto. The nine-story hotel is
connected via a covered walkway to Benito Juarez Airport.
PLEASANT HOLIDAYS added the upscale Maroma
Resort & Spa to its Riviera Maya offerings. The property is
bookable immediately. A five-night, land-only package starts at
$1,250 per person, double, while seven-night, air-inclusive
packages start at $2,175 per person, double, from Los Angeles, with
departures on Saturdays. Packages include daily breakfast, airport
transfers, hotel taxes and surcharges, and one snorkeling trip per
guest. To book, call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.PleasantAgent.com.
THE "DUAL" RESORT of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo opened
its first U.S. tourist office in Houston. The idea is to attract
more guests from the U.S. and Canada. Lupina McMains heads the