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Mexicana Starts AUS To Mexico Service

Fri Mar 07, 2003 4:01 am

Article in today's Austin paper states that Mexicana will have 2 weekly flights to Cancun and 2 weekly flights to Mexico City. The first international service in over 2 years.
http://www.austin360.com/auto_docs/epaper/editions/thursday/business_2.html

Jason
 
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RE: Mexicana Starts AUS To Mexico Service

Fri Mar 07, 2003 9:04 am

Mexicana to launch nonstop service in Austin

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Beginning Thursday, travelers can fly nonstop between Austin and Mexico
on Mexicana Airlines, the airline announced Wednesday.

Twice a week, Mexicana will provide nonstop service between Austin and
Mexico City and Austin and Cancun.

"We have been working for three hard years to put this in place. Service
from Austin to Mexico is definitely going to be a great route for
everyone," says Jackie Mayo, a spokeswoman for Austin-Bergstrom
International Airport.

Antonio Martinez Salinas, Mexicana's executive vice president of sales
and services for North America, Europe and Asia, says: "The strategic
addition of Austin will expand Mexicana's flight network and offer
passengers a series of coordinated flight schedules to some of the most
popular tourist destinations in Mexico while helping to foster business
endeavors between the city of Austin and cities in Mexico."

Mexicana Airlines, whose parent is Mexico City-based Compania Mexicana
De Aviacion SA, will serve 12 U.S. cities with the addition of Austin.



Copyright(c) American City Business Journals Inc. All rights reserved.

You can view this article on the web at: http://austin.bizjournals.com/austin/stories/2003/03/03/daily29.html

[Edited 2003-03-07 01:04:39]
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RE: Mexicana Starts AUS To Mexico Service

Fri Mar 07, 2003 9:06 am

My question is, where in the world are they going to put customs? There isn't any room for it in the passenger terminal that I have seen. Not that the terminal isn't open and airy, but they don't have a designated customs area that I have ever run into.
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RE: Mexicana Starts AUS To Mexico Service

Fri Mar 07, 2003 9:58 am

I'm not sure where the Customs area is, but they obviously have one. Otherwise, how would the charter airlines be able to offer service to Mexico in the summer? When those pax fly back to AUS they have to clear customs.

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RE: Mexicana Starts AUS To Mexico Service

Fri Mar 07, 2003 10:09 am

Yes, AUS has customs. The other Day I heard a corporate jet asking ground control for directions to customs. The ground controller didn't even know where it was. If I recall, I think I heard the corporate pilot (with a thick spanish accent) say "Okay, I'll try and find it myslef, I think it's behind gate 11, I've been there once before" I may be wrong on the gate number but I think he said 11.
 
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RE: Mexicana Starts AUS To Mexico Service

Fri Mar 07, 2003 1:56 pm

OK, I looked on the U.S. Customs Website and it gave this info for AUS customs:

Directions to Port Office Austin, TX : Port office located at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - Approximately seven miles east of IH-35 (Exit 230) on Highway 71. - Baggage level floor (1st), far east end.

I think it is set up where arriving passengers exit the plane at Gate 2, and instead of turning to the right as they reach the end of the jetway and entering the concourse, that exit is sealed off and they continue straight and then downstairs to the customs facilities.

Also, look at the map of the baggage claim level. There's 6 carousels, but the one on the far left-hand side looks like it's walled off with two exits into the main baggage claim area where the other carousels are.

I think the carousel that is walled off on the map is the one used for customs.

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RE: Mexicana Starts AUS To Mexico Service

Fri Mar 07, 2003 2:08 pm

LoneStarMike,

I think you are right. I don't recall seeing 6 baggage carousels in the baggage claim area of AUS...and I've been there plenty of times.

Every one of the summer charters to Mexico has used gate 2 so I'd agree with the thought that the arriving passengers would be directed down the stairs into the customs area.

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RE: Mexicana Starts AUS To Mexico Service

Fri Mar 07, 2003 2:42 pm

This is what I've found out for the sched:

Saturday:
Flight 7261 arrives from MEX at 1730

Sunday:
Flight 7272 departs to CUN at 0930
Flight 7273 arrives from CUN at 1530
Flight 7261 departs to MEX at 1830

This repeates later in the week...

Wednesday:
Flight 7261 arrives from MEX at 1730

Thursday:
Flight 7272 departs to CUN at 0930
Flight 7273 arrives from CUN at 1530
Flight 7261 departs to MEX at 1830


What I find odd is that the aircraft is listed as a DC-9 in the database I looked up. Does Mexicana even have DC-9's? They don't list them on thier web site.

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RE: Mexicana Starts AUS To Mexico Service

Fri Mar 07, 2003 4:50 pm

The flight numbers and DC-9 equipment seem to indicate some kind of leasing arrangement, such as the AirTran service recently announced using Ryan Intl A320's on the ATL-LAX/LAS routes.

The high flight numbers are also on the SAT-CUN/PVR routes. However, I do know that Funjet Vacations has contracted with Mexicana this summer season for these destinations (in the past Sun Country/Funjet and Champion/Worry Free were used). Perhaps these are some of the ex-US Airways DC-9's bought last Spring by Jetran International Ltd. (San Antonio businessman Doug Jaffe and Houston oilman Oscar Wyatt Jr. teamed together to buy 90 jets US Airways took out of operation in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks). 25 of the 90 jets are DC-9's. Full story from the Mar-30-02 San Antonio newspaper: http://news.mysanantonio.com/story.cfm?xla=saen&xlb=110&xlc=655584&xld=110

Here's the SAT schedule (not including the long-time running Mexico City flights)-

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WeSa (beginnning Mar-5)

Mexicana 7269
SAT-PVR
11:20-13:45

Mexicana 7268
PVR-SAT
14:20-16:25

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SuMoThFr (beginning Mar-6)

Mexicana 7267
SAT-CUN
11:20-13:55

Mexicana 7266
CUN-SAT
14:35-17:35

[Edited 2003-03-07 08:52:40]
 
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RE: Mexicana Starts AUS To Mexico Service

Fri Mar 07, 2003 11:17 pm

Mexicana's flights to AUS from CUN and MEX (and all series 7000) are operated by AeroCaribe, Mexicana's regional airline flying the DC9-30. All tickets will be sold by Mexicana who owns 100% of AeroCaribe.

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1032625/

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RE: Mexicana Starts AUS To Mexico Service

Sat Mar 08, 2003 3:20 am

Hmm...I missed that thread even after doing a search.

Thanks for the info Rojo and Clipper471.

Jason

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