Aeromex­ico to of­fer flights from San Jose to Mex­ico City

The Mercury News - - Business+Technology - By Ge­orge Ava­los gava­los@ba­yare­anews­

Aeromex­ico on Wed­nes­day an­nounced its first-ever flights con­nect­ing San Jose and Mex­ico City.

The flights will be non­stop from Mineta San Jose In­ter­na­tional Air­port, of­fi­cials said.

Aeromex­ico’s ser­vice and ex­panded ser­vice by other car­ri­ers, such as South­west, Alaska and Fron­tier, have ar­rived as Sil­i­con Val­ley and other parts of the Bay Area have ex­pe­ri­enced gen­er­ally ro­bust job growth.

“This flight pro­vides a con­ve­nient op­tion for both Sil­i­con Val­ley trav­el­ers with busi­ness ties in Mex­ico’s cap­i­tal city and res­i­dents who are look­ing to visit friends and fam­ily in the re­gion,” San Jose Mayor Sam Lic­cardo said.

Aeromex­ico will op­er­ate daily flights dur­ing the sum­mer sea­son, start­ing June 1 and end­ing Aug. 31.

“The new route, to be op­er­ated with Boe­ing 737-800 air­craft with a ca­pac­ity of 160 seats, rep­re­sents an ef­fort to in­crease con­nec­tiv­ity in the re­gion and en­cour­ages tourism between Mex­ico and the United States,” Aeromex­ico said in a pre­pared re­lease.

The last time San Jose was served by non­stop flights to Mex­ico City was 2007. From 2005 through 2007, Mex­i­cana Air­lines op­er­ated ser­vice between the two cities a few times a month.

In Fe­bru­ary, Aeromex­ico and Delta an­nounced ser­vice between San Jose and

Guadala­jara. That ser­vice of­fi­cially be­gan on July 12.

The San Jose-Mex­ico City route is the sixth des­ti­na­tion in Cal­i­for­nia that Aeromex­ico serves.

Other air­lines have mus­cled into the San Jose mar­ket with ex­pan­sion plans this year, set­ting the stage for a wide-rang­ing bat­tle for air trav­el­ers in Sil­i­con Val­ley.

Alaska Air­lines in March an­nounced plans for three new flights out of San Jose, serv­ing Los An­ge­les; Tuc­son, Ari­zona; and Austin, Texas.

Fron­tier Air­lines in July an­nounced its first-ever flights out of San Jose with ser­vice con­nect­ing Den­ver, Los An­ge­les, Las Ve­gas, Austin and San An­to­nio, Texas. Then in Septem­ber, Fron­tier said it had de­cided to widen its ser­vice to At­lanta, Cincin­nati and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

South­west Air­lines in Au­gust dis­closed new flights serv­ing eight cities from San Jose: Cabo San Lu­cas in Mex­ico; Al­bu­querque, New Mex­ico; Boise, Idaho; Hous­ton-Hobby; New Or­leans; Or­lando, Flor­ida; Spokane, Wash­ing­ton; and St. Louis.

Aeromex­ico’s daily flights typ­i­cally will leave San Jose at 1:40 p.m. and reach Mex­ico City by 8 p.m. lo­cal time. The re­verse flights are ex­pected to leave Mex­ico City at 9:35 a.m. lo­cal time and reach San Jose at 12:10 p.m., Aeromex­ico stated.

“The West Coast of the United States is the re­gion that is home to the largest num­ber of His­pan­ics in the U.S.,” the air car­rier said, adding that its ef­forts are a reaf­fir­ma­tion of its com­mit­ment to Cal­i­for­nia and other parts of the West Coast.

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