Alaska Airlines has applied to the U.S. and Mexican governments to begin operating non-stop services from John Wayne Orange County Airport in California to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.
The new international flights planned by Alaska Airlines are now awaiting approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Mexico’s Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil.
Alaska Airlines’ planned year-round Orange County-Puerto Vallarta service would operate three times a week and its planned Orange County-Los Cabos non-stops would operate four times each week.
Seattle-based Alaska Airlines began flying to Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos more than 25 years ago.
Today, the carrier operates 36 weekly peak-season flights to Puerto Vallarta and 50 weekly peak-season flights to Los Cabos ‒ more than any other carrier from California, according to Alaska Airlines.
The airline would operate its new flights between John Wayne Orange County Airport and Mexico with Boeing 737NGs, the only aircraft family Alaska Airlines itself operates on its network outside Alaska. (On some routes within Alaska, the carrier operates earlier 737-400 Combi jets.)
Service start dates, flight schedules and times and introductory fares will be available on www.alaskaair.com once the DOT approves Alaska Airlines’ request for service.
This process typically takes around four weeks, according to the airline.