Aeromexico Announces La Paz – LAX Route Starting in June

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After a meeting attended by Governor Marcos Covarrubias Villaseñor, Secretary of Tourism Rubén Reachi Lugo and Emprhotur President Agustin Olachea, the General Director of Aeromexico Andrés Conesa Labastida announced new air service between the capital city of BCS and Los Angeles that will occur Thursdays and Sundays, starting June 6th.
The two weekly flights are tentatively scheduled to leave La Paz at around 1:00 pm and depart LAX at 3:30 pm, allowing for connections to come in from the West Coast, Japan and other Asian countries. The planes will seat 50 passengers but the airline is hoping to increase both flights and airplane size come high travel season in November.
Alaska Airlines had announced in October of 2012 that it was discontinuing Horizon Air’s service between Los Angeles and La Paz in April of 2013. Flights after April 6 were made unavailable for purchase in their reservations system.
“Unfortunately, the La Paz market has been very inconsistent for Air Group and is currently unprofitable,” says Ben Munson, director of network planning. “We’ve tried various service patterns and combinations of Alaska and Horizon flights to make the market work, but without success.”
La Paz will have to live without international air service for the months of April and May but Olachea is excited about the new partnership between the City and Aeromexico.
“I am thrilled with the decision of Aeromexico to fly internationally from La Paz to LAX.  It is somewhat of a bittersweet announcement as I had hoped for more flights and bigger aircraft but it is a start and I know that once we show that we can fill up the flights and prove to them there is a market here, they will change the schedule accordingly. They promised their pricing would be competitive. We really look forward to working with Aeromexico.”
A trust has been set up with $900,000.00 US to guarantee the flight. The State of BCS guaranteed $400,000.00 and the remaining $500,000.00 contribution will come from Pacific Airport Group (PAC). If Aeromexico doesn’t meet their breakeven point on their La Paz-LAX flights, the trust is there for them to take out the money to make up for what they lost.  “I really feel they won’t be needing the trust and that the flight will be more than profitable for them.  I can see us with 4 or 5 weekly international flights come high season,” Olachea commented.
It is important to note that Aeromexico also announced an LAX-Loreto-Culiacan-Mexico City route that will begin March 22 that will also fly Thursdays and Sundays.  Money to guarantee the flight will be supported by the State and business group HOMEX.
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