United Continental Holdings carrier Continental Airlines plans to launch daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Guadalajara, Mexico beginning May 3, subject to Mexican government approval.
“The new service complements our existing flights to Guadalajara from Houston and adds to our industry-leading service to Mexico,” says Brian Znotins, managing director international planning for United Continental Holdings, Inc. “No other carrier offers as many departures from the U.S. to Mexico and we continue to increase frequencies and add routes.”
Flight CO672 will depart Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 8:20 a.m. daily, arriving at Guadalajara’s Don Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla International Airport (GDL) at 1:15 p.m. local time. The return flight, CO673, is timed to leave GDL at 2:10 p.m. and land at LAX at 3:30 p.m. local time.
Continental Airlines will operate its Los Angeles-Guadalajara service Boeing 737-800s seating 160 passengers, 16 in first class and 144 in economy.
Mexico’s second-largest city, Guadalajara is home to some of the nation’s major cultural symbols, including mariachi music and tequila, as well as historic architecture, works of the famed mural artist Jose Clemente Orozco, distinctive ceramics and eco-tourism. Continental already serves Guadalajara 38 times weekly from its hub at Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport.
United Airlines (with which Continental will eventually be merged operationally under the United name) operates more departures to more destinations from Los Angeles than any other carrier.
Continental began daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Leon/Guanajuato, Mexico (BJX), on November 1. In addition, United launched a second daily flight from Los Angeles to Mexico City on October 15, and a third daily flight on January 4.
Houston-based Continental serves 30 destinations in Mexico, more than any other airline from the U.S.
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