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This Popular Airline Will No Longer Fly To Los Cabos

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Spirit Airlines has recently announced the suspension of two flights connecting the USA to Mexico.

At the moment, this low-cost airline offers flights to two main Mexican destinations: Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta. 

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico - February 21, 2022 Cars parked in front of the building of Aeropuerto International de Los Cabos or Los Cabos International Airport

Both flights, Airbus A319 and Airbus A320, depart from Los Angeles, reaching Mexico in just a few hours. The routes will be suspended starting from the middle of November. 

Specifically, the flight connecting LA to Puerto Vallarta will stop operating on the 12th of November, while the last plane connecting LA to Los Cabos will depart on the 13th of November. 

But why are these suspensions taking place, and do we have any extra information regarding this sudden announcement?

Why is Spirit suspending its routes? 

Plane ready to take off

It is still largely unclear why Spirit Airlines decided to suspend its routes to Los Cabos and other Mexican destinations. This is in fact a very surprising decision considering the popularity of this municipality. 

Los Cabos high season is right around the corner, and thousands of American tourists are expected to soon flock to this destination. 

One of the main reasons that may have led Spirit Airlines to suspend their flights is the recent Pratt & Whitney engine issues currently affecting almost 60 airlines all over the world. 

Luxury yacht sailing on the Sea of Cortez

In May 2023, this company announced a recall of 1,200 engines due to microscopic cracks found in their products causing damage. 

As a consequence, all Pratt & Whitney Airbus A320Neo and Airbus A220 were forced to stop operating. Airlines all over the world, from Asia to Europe and America had to cancel their flights, turning this into a global issue.

Spirit Airlines is currently in possession of nearly 80 Airbus A320neo powered by Pratt & Whitney engines. 

This may also explain why Spirit Airlines has recently announced other route suspensions to popular destinations ranging from Puerto Rico to Aguadilla, Ponce, and more. 

Luxury yacht sailing on the Sea of Cortez in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

As of today, it is still unclear whether these routes will one day be reestablished. However, this will most likely be the case considering the high popularity of these flights. 

Other airlines flying to Los Cabos 

Considering the Pratt & Whitney engine problem and its vast impact on the air travel industry, tourists may now be wondering whether flying to Los Cabos is still possible. Luckily, there are plenty of airlines still offering services to this municipality. 

This is also due to the fact that The U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA)], responsible for making difficult decisions concerning the aviation industry in the country, has recently upgraded Mexico from a category two nation to a category one nation. 

Alaska airlines plane on the tarmac at the Los Cabos airport

The positive news was met with enthusiasm by most American and Mexican airlines as it implied the possibility of expanding routes between the two countries. 

Following the Federal Aviation Authority’s announcement, several airlines, ranging from VivaAerobus to Volaris and Southwest, immediately expanded their routes to connect Los Cabos to the USA.

In particular, VivaAerobus and Volaris are providing incredibly cheap tickets. 

Mexicana, the fourth oldest airline in the world, will also soon start operating new flights between Los Cabos and the USA. This company has been inactive for over 13 years, but its representatives have announced that operations will resume by the end of 2023.  

Waves wash up on shore at the beautiful town of Los Barriles, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Which airline should tourists choose?

While most American citizens tend to fly with local airlines, there are several advantages to choosing a Mexican company

For instance, prices tend to be slightly cheaper, meaning that visitors can save a few bucks on their tickets to then use them on their holiday. 

Some Mexican airlines also offer flight subscriptions. In particular, Volaris has an Annual Pass, which gives its passengers unlimited flights to Los Cabo for an incredibly convenient price now set at $500. 

Viva Aerobus Plane On Runway

Lastly, people flying with Aeromexico, VivaAerobus, and Volaris have the chance to pay for their tickets in installments. 

These companies are all partners with Uplight, a platform allowing customers to pay through time for their purchases. 

In particular, Volaris advertises a 0% interest while VivaAerobus allows its passengers to pay in installments set as low as $19 per month.

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