2016 brings number of new flight options to Mexico

Apple Vacations will launch Los Cabos service from several California gateways beginning May 1.
Apple Vacations will launch Los Cabos service from several California gateways beginning May 1.

Mexico-bound travelers will find it easier to get south of the border in 2016, thanks to some developments on the aviation front.

Apple Vacations is expanding its Exclusive Vacation Flight charter program this year with increased service from the West Coast, including several new gateways.

On May 1, Apple Vacations will launch its Exclusive Vacation Flight charters to Los Cabos from San Francisco, San Jose and California’s Orange County. The group is also launching charter flights to Puerto Vallarta out of San Francisco and Orange County, and Apple Vacations is also expanding its Los Angeles service of Exclusive Vacation Flights to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta as well as Costa Rica and Jamaica.

This year Aeromexico and WestJet have signed a codeshare agreement, providing Aeromexico customers connecting service via Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver to more than 10 Canadian destinations, including Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Ottawa; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and the cities of Deer Lake and St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The agreement also provides WestJet guests new connecting service from WestJet’s Canadian network to Mexico City via Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. WestJet will also sell nonstop flights to and from Mexico from Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Both Aeromexico and WestJet will sell tickets for travel on each other’s network, including noncodeshare flights.

Mexican airline Interjet has expressed interest in adding more U.S. destinations once the new bilateral agreement between the two countries takes effect, lifting the limits on the number of carriers that can serve any U.S.-Mexico city pair. Routes the carrier is specifically looking at include Los Angeles and Dallas into Mexico City.

For the winter season this year, Air France is bringing the A380 to Mexico, with up to 21 weekly flights to Mexico from Paris and Amsterdam, including seven frequencies operated by Aeromexico from Paris to Mexico City that share codes with Air France. All Air France flights to Mexico also share codes with Aeromexico, which offers passengers connecting flight options throughout the domestic network of the Mexican airline within the country. 

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