Southwest Airlines is planning to launch international service from Houston Hobby Airport to eight cities in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean this fall.

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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.

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The carrier will operate once-daily round-trip service on eight of the new routes and Saturday-only service on the ninth. Southwest Airlines will also increase the frequency of its flights on four existing routes from Dallas Love Field in April.

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In a new extension of its flight schedule to August 7, Southwest Airlines has added seven new year-round U.S. domestic routes, along with 18 additional domestic seasonal and two international services for summer 2015.

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The airline, which is a member of the SkyTeam Alliance, will begin operating seasonal flights from Chicago to Morelia and Puerto Vallarta on December 12 and December 21 respectively. AeroMexico will also launch seasonal services linking Fresno and Morelia and between Sacramento and León/Guanajuato in central Mexico on December 17.

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In addition to the 14 routes which Air Canada’s new leisure-airline brand will serve from July 1, Air Canada rouge will add seasonal flights operating from October through March to another 13 sunspot destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida and Southwestern U.S. for “snowbird” winter-season leisure travelers.

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Delta Air Lines is increasing its schedule at Los Angeles International Airport, by offering daily additional year-round and seasonal service to 14 destinations, including eight new markets. The additional service will give Delta Air Lines 12 per cent more daily seats from LAX.

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The airline has filed a request with the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to fly to Puerto Vallarta from San Francisco. Subject to approval from both the U.S. DOT and the Mexican government, Virgin America plans to begin flying to Puerto Vallarta this winter.

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Canadian carrier WestJet is launching daily non-stop service to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California from Vancouver and Calgary on May 2 and June 13, respectively, as part of its 2011 summer schedule.

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American Airlines and its regional affiliate, American Eagle, are increasing their service to and from Mexico as a result of increased demand, partly as a result of Mexicana Airlines stopping operations on August 11.

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Alaska Airlines is launching daily service between San Diego and Kahului, Maui and its sister regional carrier Horizon Air is starting four-times-daily service between the Silicon Valley-area city of San Jose and Los Angeles.

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