It’s pretty crazy to me how quickly Alaska Airlines gave up here.
Alaska Airlines has been flying to Mexico for several years, though most of their routes are to leisure destinations, including Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, etc.
It was only last year that Alaska Airlines secured slots to operate flights to Mexico City, and the airline announced that they’d operate flights there from three California gateways — Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.
Here’s how they ramped up service:
- Alaska started once daily 737 flights between LAX and MEX as of August 8, 2017
- Alaska started once daily 737 flights between SFO and MEX as of August 8, 2017
- Alaska added a second daily E175 flight between LAX and MEX as of November 6, 2017
- Alaska started one daily E175 flights between SAN and MEX as of November 6, 2017
Then Alaska Airlines canceled flights from San Diego and San Francisco to Mexico City as of May 19, 2018. That’s just nine months after they started San Francisco service, and six months after they started San Diego service.
Now the airline has revealed that they’re pulling out of Mexico City altogether. Alaska Airlines is canceling flights between Los Angeles and Mexico city as of November 6, 2018.
Mexico City is both a big leisure and business destination, so presumably there’s lots of demand. The issue is that Los Angeles to Mexico City is also extremely competitive.
Aeromexico, Alaska, American, Delta, Interjet, United, and Volaris all operate flights between the two airports. Fares are incredibly low at around $100 one-way, and even close to departure fares don’t get that much higher.
I guess Alaska just wasn’t able to secure any corporate contracts required to make routes like this work, which isn’t surprising, since they don’t have as much frequency or connectivity as other carriers. At least with Alaska’s “vacation” routes to Mexico, fares can get really high, so I can see how those work much better.
Are you surprised to see Alaska pull out of Mexico City so quickly?