-- Oakland is Now the Bay Area's Fastest Growing Airport for International Flights as Mexicana and Volaris Expand Schedules --
OAKLAND, Calif. -- San Francisco Bay Area travelers have more nonstop options when flying to Mexico from Oakland International Airport (OAK). In November 2009, Mexicana Airlines and Volaris Airlines expanded service to Mexico from OAK, making it the fastest growing Bay Area airport for international flights.
Mexicana Airlines, Mexico's largest carrier, resumed two weekly flights to Leon on Nov. 10. Leon, in the heart of Guanajuato and near the popular tourist destination of San Miguel de Allende, is the fifth largest city in Mexico. Mexicana also offers a daily flight to Guadalajara and two weekly flights to historic Zacatecas from OAK. Mexicana is an affiliate member of the One World alliance and began serving Oakland in 1998. Visit mexicana.com to book tickets and for more information.
Volaris, the second largest airline in Mexico, added a second daily Guadalajara flight on Nov. 23. Volaris currently offers daily flights from Oakland to Guadalajara, Tijuana and Toluca. Toluca International Airport is conveniently located just 31 miles west of Mexico City, the country's capital. The airline offers a seamless transfer of passengers and bags to the Volaris Shuttle between Toluca and its terminal located in Santa Fe/DF, offering great access to Mexico City. Low-cost Volaris, OAK's newest carrier, began service in July 2009 with two daily flights. With the addition of Tijuana service in September, and expanded Guadalajara service, Volaris has doubled its flights to four daily. Visit volaris.com.mx to book tickets and for more information.
OAK is the fastest growing airport in the San Francisco Bay Area for international flights. Growing from just a few flights last year, OAK now offers 78 international flights each week. Year-over-year there has been a 329 percent increase in flights and a 409 percent increase in seats to Mexico. With more flights to Mexico, OAK is becoming a recognizable gateway to Mexico for residents and visitors alike.
"International travelers appreciate the straightforward, easy-to-use facilities at Oakland International Airport. Combined with our consistent ranking as North America's No. 1 airport for on-time arrivals, Oakland continues to be the smart choice," said Deborah Ale Flint, Acting Director of Aviation for the Port of Oakland, which owns and operates OAK. "Now, with more choices to Mexico from Oakland, Bay Area travelers have the added benefit of more destinations and competitive pricing," she added.
Volaris and Southwest Airlines have recently announced a new relationship. The airlines are creating a business partnership that will enable their customers to travel between a variety of destinations in both the U.S. and Mexico. Presently, Southwest offers a link on their website to that of Volaris where tickets can be purchased. Mexicana flights to and from OAK codeshare with American Airlines and can be booked at aa.com.
About the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport and 20 miles of waterfront. The Oakland seaport is the third busiest containerport on the U.S. West Coast. Oakland International Airport offers over 140 daily nonstop departures to 34 destinations; and the Port's real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square, and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Visit portofoakland.com and oaklandairport.com for more information.