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Alaska Airlines Adds New Guatemala Service & 2 Routes to Mexico

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Alaska Airlines is upping its ante in Latin America with 3 new routes starting December 14, 2023.

The first, and most exciting, will be from Los Angeles (LAX) to Guatemala City (GUA), which will mark Alaska’s first-ever flight to Guatemala.

On December 23, 2023, Alaska will also inaugurate 2 new seasonal services to the Mexican city of Zihuatanejo (ZIH) from Chicago (ORD) and San Diego (SAN).

“As the fifth largest carrier in the U.S., we’re a growing airline that’s expanding to more international destinations,” said Kirsten Amrine, vice president of revenue management and network planning at Alaska Airlines.

Let’s find out more about Alaska’s new services to Latin America.

Alaska Will Fly to Guatemala for the First Time

It’s always exciting when an airline adds service to a new country for the first time — especially when it’s a country like Guatemala!

“Guatemala is a dynamic new country for us and our guests — full of outdoor adventures, history, and natural beauty.” said Amrine.

Alaska’s new service will operate once daily on a year-round basis with the following schedule:

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RouteDepartureArrival
Los Angeles (LAX) to Guatemala City (GUA)11:15 p.m.6 a.m. (+1) 
Guatemala City (GUA) to Los Angeles (LAX) 11:45 a.m.3:10 p.m.

Those wishing to travel on the route will be able to choose from Alaska’s Saver, Main, and First fares.

New Alaska Routes to Guatemala and Mexico
Alaska will launch service to Guatemala for the first time this winter as well as 2 new services to Zihuatanejo. Image Credit: Alaska Airlines

Alaska Launches 2 New Routes To Mexico

Alaska will also double down on Zihuatanejo, Mexico, with 2 new seasonal services from Chicago (ORD) and San Diego (SAN), which will operate through April 6, 2024.

The once-weekly Saturday service will join Alaska’s incumbent routes from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) to bring the total number of U.S. cities with nonstop service to the Mexican Pacific coast to 4.

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RouteDepartureArrival
Chicago (ORD) to Zihuatanejo (ZIH)8:15 a.m.1 p.m.
Zihuatanejo (ZIH) to Chicago (ORD) 3:50 p.m.8:20 p.m.
San Diego (SAN) to Zihuatanejo (ZIH)9:10 a.m.2:40 p.m.
Zihuatanejo (ZIH) to San Diego (SAN)2:10 p.m.3:55 p.m
Bottom Line:

Alaska is in a phase of building out its route network to beach and sunshine destinations after also recently adding routes to the Bahamas and Mexico, as well as a selection of routes connecting winter vacation spots in the U.S.

Final Thoughts

Alaska taking off to Guatemala for the first time this winter is huge news for the airline, as well as for those wishing to travel between Los Angeles and Guatemala.

Vamos a America Latina!

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Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.

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