Cancun, Q.R. — During the Mexico Tourism Fair in Mazatlan, Southwest Airlines says Mexico is one of the company’s most important pieces for international expansion, with Cancun at the head of Caribbean resort destinations as they begin their New Orleans to Cancun route.
Sergio Hurtado, director of International Operations for Southwest says, “In the next few years, Southwest will continue with its international expansion and Mexico will be one of the important pieces of that expansion.”
On April 14, the airline began offering its new direct flights between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Cancun International with a non-stop two-hour, five minute flight.
“We have seen a lot of interest for our New Orleans travelers in a low-cost, non-stop option to travel to Cancun, so I am pleased to see the start of this new route, which for now, will be a weekly service,” said airline spokesman, Brad Hawkins.
He also announced the addition of two more routes to Cancun starting June 2018 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. With these additional Saturday routes, the company will offer 27 flights to the Cancun International Airport.
“Continuing to grow in Cancun and being the largest airline on certain Saturdays fills us with pride because we want to continue growing in Mexico and that more passengers in both countries know our offer with low prices, two free checked bags, the possibility of making changes to the itinerary without any cost and customer service,” he said.
In addition to the new flights, Southwest recently announced its intention to begin offering cargo transportation through Southwest Airlines Cargo to Cancun starting in May of this year.