PacoMartin wrote:Coronado990 wrote:I still don't understand why a US airline can't make SAN-CUN work when it is obviously the busiest resort in Mexico. TIJ-CUN flights are Saturday Only on Volaris last I looked.
You have three different airlines fighting over the SAN-SJD route which is about 2 hours. But nobody will strike out and run a five hour flight to Cancun.
There are other considerations about the culture in Mexico compared to the USA.
The issue of nonstop service between SAN and CUN comes up every few years.
The only time I can recall the route actually seeing any service was by F9 several years ago (during the John Happ days at F9) beginning in Dec 2006, ending in August 2007; the A319 op'd on Sat only. (There has certainly not been any attempt at serving the market since then.) It was usually an 11pm departure, with a return back in SAN on Sunday ~noon. Horrible times, once weekly service, and not nearly enough interest in the market. I have no recollection of how much promoting of the route Frontier or the airport did to try to encourage the success of the service. It was NOT considered a success!
I would be very surprised to see it tried again any time soon. I just don't think the traffic is there -- why fly to a Mexican resort when flights to Hawaii, about 600 miles further, eliminate the 'complications' of traveling to and in Mexico!
I can also say that when I was still a working travel agent in the San Diego area, who sold tons of Hawaii, as well as resort destinations in Mexico, I rarely had any clients request or book trips to Cancun. Some of my clients headed for MZT, PVR, and Cabo, flew out of TIJ, but most flew from Lindbergh Field, nonstop if possible or via connections thru LA or wherever.
Nowadays, I would think vacationers heading to Mexico generally prefer Cabo to the Mexican Caribbean; for one thing, the humidity is totally different in Baja! Plus of course the flight time is less than half and I expect the fares are considerably less. I know there are also many San Diegans who own places in and near Cabo but I would expect very few own anything near Cancun; these property owners in SAN certainly help fill up the ~ 2.5-3 daily r/t to SJD!
For the very few San Diegans who really do want to go to CUN, they can certainly use the CBX to fly the nonstop from TIJ, or get to LA and fly from there. I think those options certainly take care of the little traffic that exists.