Flights from PDX to Los Cabos will operate four times a week, beginning in the fall, while flights from PDX to Puerto Vallarta will operate three times a week. Both are new routes from Portland.
PDX has been growing its international service significantly over the last three years. In that time, new non-stops have been added to Mexico, Japan, and Germany. PDX international traffic is up about 10%, year-over-year. Mexicana Airlines has seen the biggest increase... it's traffic is up 31% this year.
PDX International Destinations
Current and Planned, as of 5/26/2006
Frankfurt, via Lufthansa German Airlines (daily).
Alaska's Press Release on New Non-Stops to Mexico:
Alaska Airlines Files For Additional Nonstop Flights Between Pacific Northwest And Mexico
SEATTLE -- Alaska Airlines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to fly nonstop between Seattle and Cancun, Mexico, and between Portland, Ore., and the Mexican resort destinations of Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta. If approved, the new seasonal flights will operate, beginning this year, from the end of October to the end of April.
The airline plans to offer nonstop service four days a week between Seattle and Cancun, and Portland and Los Cabos, and three days a week between Portland and Puerto Vallarta.
"Because of the popularity of these markets with travelers looking for a winter break, we're hoping to expand our nonstop service between the Pacific Northwest and Mexico," said John MacLeod, Alaska's managing director of planning and alliances. "This is part of our ongoing investment in our growing route system in Mexico and will give our customers more options to fly our award-winning service."
A DOT decision on the new routes is expected in June.
Alaska Airlines introduced service to Mexico in 1988. During its winter schedule, the airline operates 38 flights daily serving nine Mexican destinations, including Cancun, Guadalajara, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Loreto, Los Cabos, Manzanillo/Costa Alegre, Mazatlan, Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta.
Alaska Airlines and sister carrier, Horizon Air, together serve 88 cities through an expansive network throughout Alaska, the Lower 48, Canada and Mexico.