DENVER — Coloradans looking to escape the state's chilly confines have one more way to do it now that Southwest has added a direct flight to Baja California, Mexico.
The new flight begins March 10 — just in time for spring break — with flights departing from Denver International Airport daily at 8:30 a.m. (Mountain Time) and arriving at Los Cabos International Airport in Mexico at 10:46 a.m. (Pacific Time). It leaves Los Cabos in the afternoon and arrives in Denver in the evening.
Despite reports in other media and in an airline press release that the flight can be purchased on www.Southwest.com, at press time it was only available on www.AirTran.com – the site of Southwest's wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways.
“Right now our two networks aren't connected so you can't book (the flight) on Southwest yet,” a spokeswoman for the airline acknowledged Thursday. “It's taking longer than we thought, but we are working very hard at it.”
Currently when a customer attempts to type the Los Cabos International Airport code (SJD) into the destination field on Southwest's website, and Denver International Airport is where the flight originates, the site flashes “invalid route for departure airport.” The flight can be purchased with ease at Airtran's website where the destination airport is listed under “Cabo/Los Cabos, MX (SJD).”
A special introductory rate as low as $189 each way is on sale now and must be purchased by Jan. 1 at 11:59 p.m. for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between March 12 and April 24.
AirTran already flies to Los Cabos International Airport daily from Orange County, Calif., and it will double that route to twice a day beginning on June 2. It also services Cancun and Mexico City from other U.S. cities. AirTran added a non-stop flight between Denver and Cancun last spring.
"As we continue preparations to connect the Southwest and AirTran route networks beginning early next year, we are excited to add another nonstop travel option to Mexico alongside our strong portfolio of domestic nonstop service in Denver," Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines' executive vice president and chief commercial officer and AirTran Airways president, said in a press release.
Southwest Airlines started flying to Denver on Jan. 3, 2006, with 13 daily departures to three destinations. Now, the Dallas-based airline operates 163 daily flights to 54 destinations from Denver.