No New International Flights Soon to La Paz

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It is looking like La Paz will be going through the summer without International flights arriving to the newly renovated La Paz Manuel Márquez de León International Airport.

Agustin Olachea, President of the La Paz Hotel Association (EMPRHOTUR) said that to date, things do not look promising for a new airline to pick up the La Paz-Los Angeles route anytime soon.

“We are constantly in talks with various airlines to run direct, international flights out of our airport.  And at the least, during high tourist season.  Those discussions never end for us.  We know how important it is to have direct, international flights.  But again, in the short term, there is nothing new to report,” he said.

AeroMexico announced late last year that it would be discontinuing direct air service between Los Angeles and La Paz as of February 6th, 2014. Direct flights after the 6th were made unavailable for purchase in the reservations system and customers with tickets already purchased were being contacted and directed onto other routes (most notably via Mexico City) to arrive to La Paz.

Although the airline has continued with a Saturday direct flight from LAX to the capital of BCS, that will be coming to an end in a few weeks.

The short lived two weekly flights to and from Los Angelos were scheduled on Thursdays and Sundays and left La Paz at 11:51 am and arrived at LAX at 1:20 pm and departed LAX at 2:20 pm, arriving in La Paz at 5:40 pm, allowing for connections to come in from the West Coast, Japan and other Asian countries.  The route had just started in June of 2013, lasting only 7 months.

The AeroMexico flights were the only international flights out of the La Paz Manuel Márquez de León International Airport.

Olachea suggested that maybe it is time to start promoting travel out of the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD).  “It is not ideal, I know, but San Jose has an excellent, heavily connected airport.  It is the one of the busiest airports in Mexico.  It has flights to over 27 destinations in the United States.  With the newly completed twinned highway from Los Cabos to La Paz, it is less than a two-hour drive to La Paz. Flights are less expensive out of San Jose and there is better connectivity. We will continue to work on getting international flights to La Paz. However, in the past it has proven expensive and the city is just not attracting enough volume for airlines to look our way.”

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