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Virgin America Pulling Out Of Mexico? VX  
User currently offlineluv2cattlecall From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1650 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7277 times:
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I was trying to help a friend book a ticket for Spring Break, and noticed that, after May 4th, there were no flights departing to or returning from Cancun. Out of curiosity, I looked at what flights to Los Cabos were looking like, and it appears that after May 2nd, there are no flights to there either.

Is there any news regarding this oddity?

Also, how are they flying to Cancun without long range EOW or ETOPS..coast hugging?




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User currently offlinergreenftm From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7059 times:

Depending where you are booking from, it may not be available. Looking at the route map, I see you can only book To/FROM Cancun to SFO and LAX.

User currently offlinelegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2077 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7009 times:

Here is the schedule they released for the Winter. These flight could only be seasonal or their schedule for Spring/Summer has not been released.


FROM TO DEPARTURE TIME ARRIVAL TIME FLIGHT NUMBER FREQUENCY OF FLIGHTS

SFO SJD 12:10pm 4:20pm 706 Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

SJD SFO 5:20pm 7:35pm 709 Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

SFO CUN 8:00am 3:45pm 284 Monday, Thursday, Saturday

CUN SFO 4:45pm 9:05pm 283 Monday, Thursday, Saturday

LAX CUN 11:55am 7:20pm 290 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

CUN LAX 8:20pm 12:01am 295 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25414 posts, RR: 49
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6992 times:

I read a blurb some place the routes(or frequencies) were initially going to be seasonal. That could explain it.


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User currently offlineenilria From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 7192 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6968 times:

Quoting rgreenftm (Reply 1):
Depending where you are booking from, it may not be available. Looking at the route map, I see you can only book To/FROM Cancun to SFO and LAX.

I just looked at the site and its true. You can book LAX-SFO throughout May, but CUN seems to stop at the beginning of the month. Didn't check SJD, but it's probably the same. It is possible they intend the routes to be seasonal. I think they are allowed to do that for short periods without losing the authority, but somebody else may know better what risk they are taking. I even looked on Saturday and found nothing. If they were flying it at all they would be selling Saturday.

So basically they have offset scheduled expirations if it isn't simply deleted. That would be an oversight if that is even what is really up. Mexico has a longer booking window than domestic, so there is no reason to give it an earlier expiration other than a mistake.


User currently offlineAirNZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6814 times:

Quoting rgreenftm (Reply 1):
Looking at the route map, I see you can only book To/FROM Cancun to SFO and LAX.

But a route map would have absolutely no relevance on booking. Only being able to fly from certain points (i.e. SFO and LAX) is a completely different thing from booking the flight. So yes, probably seasonal.


User currently offlinelaca773 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 4018 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6549 times:
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SFO/LAX-CUN being seasonal makes good sense. These markets are not easy to make money on. By flying it during the most desirable periods to travel to CUN, is a smart move vs flying planes empty or filled with super lower fares when people don't want to travel when it's 100 degrees, and 95% humidity.

User currently offlineenilria From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 7192 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6300 times:

Quoting laca773 (Reply 6):
SFO/LAX-CUN being seasonal makes good sense. These markets are not easy to make money on.

Actually, much like MCO, Mexico is fine in the Summer nowadays. The only really low period is Aug15 to Nov15.


User currently offlineas739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6146 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5759 times:

As of this time, the VX Mexico flights are loaded seasonal. They appear not operate during the low summer season. But when announced it was said to be daily.

Quoting enilria (Reply 7):

Alaska does the same thing as they drop frequency's in the summer. Many of their plane deploy to the state of Alaska during the summer for them obviously. But Mexico during the summer has always been less them winter.

[Edited 2010-11-23 18:30:18]


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