Aeromexico to offer flights from San Jose to Mexico City
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.