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Alaska Airlines continues its foreign expansion with new service to Guatemala Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as well as additional seasonal service to Zihuatanejo Airport (ZIH) from Chicago O’Hare International (ORD) and San Diego International Airport (SAN).
Alaska operates the most flights to the most destinations across Latin America of any carrier from its hub at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This includes up to 18 daily nonstops this winter to 12 cities throughout the region. The new Guatemala City service will run daily starting on December 14th. The seasonal additions will run 1x weekly from December 23rd to April 6th.
Kirsten Amrine, Vice President of Revenue Management and Network Planning for Alaska Airlines, said:
As the fifth largest carrier in the U.S., we’re a growing airline that’s expanding to more international destinations. Guatemala is a dynamic new country for us and our guests – full of outdoor adventures, history and natural beauty. Our new service will allow families, friends and businesses to better connect between the West Coast and Central America. We’ve been flying to Mexico for 35 years. It’s a favorite with many of our guests for its culture, cuisine and beaches. Our new Saturday nonstops to Zihuatanejo from San Diego and Chicago add to our current Los Angeles and San Francisco service and provide guests with more choices as they plan their winter getaways.”
Anthony’s Take: Another day and more exciting route announcements from Alaska Airlines. It’s good to see Alaska announcing new routes (and especially international destinations) and this will hopefully put pressure on the big three to compete on price where schedules overlap.
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