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MX To Increase FAT-GDL To Year-round Daily Flights  
User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5772 posts, RR: 15
Posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2578 times:

Mexicana's success at FAT continues.

MX is currently planning to increase the route to daily flights starting March 18.

The FAT-GDL route started in March 2006 as 5 days/wk on an A318. It has increased equipment size over the past 2 years to an A319 and now to its current A320.

Over the past 2 years service has seen temporary frequency increases to daily to accomodate holiday travel.

But this would be a permanent increase.

Additionally the word is that the airport is in discussions on additional flights to other Mexico cities. Once again they are dropping hints that a Mexican resort city is one route that may be added from Fresno.


"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2538 times:

Congratulations to FAT!! Expanded air service is always good news - but seeing the capacity as well as frequency continually increase is especially good.

Any word on BFL's service? I haven't heard any word on numbers or expansion/contraction.



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User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5772 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2521 times:



Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 1):
Any word on BFL's service? I haven't heard any word on numbers or expansion/contraction.

BFL has been quiet about how BFL-GDL has done.

Last info I saw was that overall the airport was down 5% fewer passengers vs. 2006. But nothing specific to MX service.

I did see that BFL-GFL has increased to 4 days a week, up 1 from the original 3 day/week schedule. Hopefully that is a sign of some growth on the route, not just a seasonal increase.



"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2440 times:

It's actually emplanements that are down at BFL - mainly due to the loss of COEx BFL-IAH flight.

http://www.meadowsfield.com/NewsLetterDec07.pdf

They had hoped to announce new service to somewhere in January, but that didn't happen. But it is good news to hear that the MX flight is now four days a week!!



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User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5772 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2418 times:



Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 3):
It's actually emplanements that are down at BFL - mainly due to the loss of COEx BFL-IAH flight.

I saw that reference before. My thought was they are distracting people about a slow year by pointing at COEx.

Consider this:

They lost roughly 8000 enplanements for the year. That is about 33 fewer pax for each day of the year after COEx left, say roughly one of the Houston flights a day.

BUT BFL gained service on MX and XJet BEFORE COEx left. Those seats exceed what had existed on BFL-IAH.

That plus the new flight to DEN should have more than made up for the lost seats to Houston.

We know XJet was low loads in Bakersfield but MX and the Sept addition of Denver should have helped close most of the gap.



"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
User currently offlineMOBflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1209 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2368 times:



Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 1):
Any word on BFL's service? I haven't heard any word on numbers or expansion/contraction.

MONTH DEPARTURES_PERFORMED LOAD FACTOR
3 2 50.8%
4 13 36.2%
5 12 61.3%
6 14 81.6%
7 13 70.1%


User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2696 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2312 times:



Quoting MOBflyer (Reply 5):
MONTH DEPARTURES_PERFORMED LOAD FACTOR
3 2 50.8%
4 13 36.2%
5 12 61.3%
6 14 81.6%
7 13 70.1%

Thank you for the stats. Overall, in 2007 BFL gave Mexicana a load factor of 70%. I don't know if the flight was changed to 4 weekly over just the holiday period, or if its for the entire year given that things tend to die down in late Jan, Feb, and Mar. I guess many passengers are choosing to purchase tickets directly from the airline as they decided to open up a ticket office at the terminal. Fresno on the other hand has its own dedicated city ticket office, meaning that sales are very good to warrant the expense of renting out office space in Fresno.




 Smile LatinPlane


User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1447 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

I notice that the arrival and departure are at the same time-1:30am. Is this correct?

User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2227 times:

According to Mexicana, here is their information about flight times:

Guadalajara - Bakersfield
22:55 Guadalajara
00:30 Bakersfield
+1 day(s)
Mexicana (MX)
3:35 0 stop(s)

Bakersfield - Guadalajara
01:30 Bakersfield
06:40 Guadalajara
Mexicana (MX)
3:10 0 stop(s)

Flights are on an Airbus A319.

Looks like a small typo on that ad.



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User currently offlineWhatUsaid From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 647 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2198 times:



Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 8):
Looks like a small typo on that ad.

I think that Ad is actually some creative artwork by the poster.....


User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2696 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2189 times:



Quoting WhatUsaid (Reply 9):
I think that Ad is actually some creative artwork by the poster.....

No, the Ad is 100% authentic MX promotional stock. I just copied and pasted from Mexicana.com. Look at the link:

http://www.mexicana.com/cs/Satellite...2731113993&ChannelID=1143494208177





 Smile LatinPlane


User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5772 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2165 times:



Quoting WhatUsaid (Reply 9):
I think that Ad is actually some creative artwork by the poster.....

Nope, I saw it on the Mexicana web site myself.



"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
User currently offlineWhatUsaid From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 647 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2139 times:

Hum, I didn't think MX had an office in BFL. So they've opened the ticket counter during the day to serve as an office?

User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2696 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2119 times:



Quoting WhatUsaid (Reply 12):
Hum, I didn't think MX had an office in BFL. So they've opened the ticket counter during the day to serve as an office

I don't know if its just a ticket counter, or an sales office in what used to be the old stores located at the old terminal. But yes, this one is open during the day for customers to purchase tickets. The thing with this community is that many times most of these trips are not planned in advance and purchased near or on the same day of travel. This is why at all Mexicana ticket counters throughout the U.S./Canada you see a counter dedicated solely for the purpose of purchasing tickets cash - something that you would never see on other airlines. What was probably happening is that they must have noticed people showing up at the terminal during the day to purchase last minute seats and there was nobody around to help them.

 Smile LatinPlane


User currently offlineWhatUsaid From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 647 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2110 times:

I wonder if the move to open ticket offices will help move more bodies onto the MX flights from both FAT and BFL. There are several travel agencies that promote AM and their bus connections that run up and down the valley.

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