Mexicana Airlines Begins New and Expanded, Nonstop Service to Mexico from San Jose

New Flights to Mexico City and Increased Frequency to Guadalajara

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ — Mexicana Airlines will begin new nonstop, international service to Mexico City and will increase the number of nonstop flights to Guadalajara from Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) beginning September 2.

“The inauguration of flights between San Jose and Mexico City will bring mutual benefits in trade opportunities, travel and tourism, as Mexico City, with its central location, is a natural hub for other leisure and business destinations,” said Director of Aviation William Sherry. “Guadalajara is home to many of Mexico’s technology-based businesses and these additional flights provides yet another opportunity to facilitate business between San Jose and Mexico.” According to the U.S. Census 2000 Report, 74% of the Mexican- American population in the Bay Area lived in SJC’s service area.

These new routes will operate using state-of-the-art Airbus A320 airplanes with a two-class configuration and Mexicana’s signature in-flight service. Nonstop flights from San Jose to Mexico City will operate Thursdays and Fridays, beginning September 2, departing at 12:40 p.m., arriving into Mexico City at 6:55 p.m. Flights from Mexico City to San Jose will depart at 9:15 a.m arriving in San Jose at 11:30 a.m.

Serving SJC and the Silicon Valley since 1990, Mexicana Airlines will be adding three, nonstop flights from San Jose to Guadalajara, beginning September 3, on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, departing San Jose at 2:20 p.m. and arriving in the city of Guadalajara at 8:00 p.m. Returning flights from Guadalajara are scheduled to depart at 11:15 a.m., arriving in San Jose at 1:10 p.m. With these additional flights, daily, nonstop service to Guadalajara is now available.

With this addition of flights, Mexicana Airlines reinforces it’s leadership in the U.S market and complies with the transformation process that began in early March with a new fleet image, transforming it into one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the world. Additionally, Mexicana has recently updated its in-flight crew uniforms to a modern, more stylish look, further evidence of the commitment and continued innovation of Mexicana de Aviacion.

The new and expanded service from San Jose demonstrates the importance of this Northern California gateway for Mexicana, and their commitment to support the travel needs of Bay Area residents. “Business and leisure travelers will now enjoy the convenience of nonstop service to Guadalajara and our attractive schedules to Mexico City, also known as La Ciudad de los Palacios,” said Jorge Goytortua, Regional Vice President Sales West Coast, U.S. and Canada.

For more Airport information, visit http://www.sjc.org/ or call Airport Customer Service at (408) 501-0979. Motorists can also tune their radios to 530 AM within two miles of SJC for current information on airport traffic, parking and security.

Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), a self-supporting enterprise, is owned and operated by the City of San Jose. SJC served 11.1 million passengers and handled approximately 240 million pounds of air cargo in 2004. SJC has 176 flights a day on 13 domestic and international carriers to 30 nonstop destinations.

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