Virgin America announced that it has chosen its second international destination to be Mexico with the start of its first Mexico service from San Francisco to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It will add Cancun flights within the first couple months starting from Los Angeles and San Francisco.
This added service brings the airlines number of destinations to 13 in total. Virgin America launched its first international destination in June 2010, when it added Toronto,Canada to its flight schedule.
According to TechZone360, flights from San Francisco to Los Cabos are being offered Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will “offer low-fare service so that more travelers can discover all that the Cabo region has to offer.”
“We’re so pleased to be able to offer our innovative and affordable service to Cabo San Lucas for travelers looking to start their vacations right at take-off,” said David Cush, President and CEO of Virgin America.
Virgin America also has plans to add flights to Cancun,Mexico in early 2011. On January 19, they will add flights from Los Angeles International Airport to Cancun, and a day later flights from San Francisco International Airport to Cancun will launch.
The recent announcement that Mexico has seen a 19.2% increase in international tourist arrivals via air from January to August this year has led to many airlines opening up their flight schedules to accommodate travelers to Mexico, a popular warm-weather destination year-round.
Along with Virgin America, airlines who have added travel options into Mexico include Continental Airlines,United Airlines and Delta Airlines. Due to travelers’ high demands, AeroMexico, British Airways, US Airways and Frontier Airlines also have plans to add new flights into Mexico by early 2011. An increase in available flights is expected to be added for travelers headed to Leon/Guanajuato, Cancun, Mexico City, and Cozumel, Mexico.
The tourism rate via air from January to August 2010 has increased 6% over travel during the same months in 2008, recorded as one of the healthiest years for tourism on record. During the same period, Mexican airports received 7.1 million foreign visitors, reflecting a continued interest in visiting Mexico to learn about its rich history, visit its beautiful beaches and experience its inviting culture.