Alaska Airlines Suspends Cancún Flights Through Dec. 14 Following Hurricane Wilma

11/2/2005 2:19 p.m.

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines' regularly scheduled air service to Cancún International Airport is suspended through Dec. 14 as a result of Hurricane Wilma. The carrier ceased its one daily flight between Los Angeles and Cancún, Mexico, on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

"While we are eager to resume flights to Cancún, it is apparent that hurricane damage to resorts has significantly lowered demand for air service to the region," said Gregg Saretsky, Alaska's executive vice president of marketing and planning. "We will continue to monitor the local situation and resume flights in coordination with an increase in demand."

The carrier has arranged transportation out of the Cancún region for about 300 passengers. Alaska has re-opened its ticket counter at Cancún's airport and closed its relief station at the office of the U.S. Consulate. Passengers who remain in Cancún are encouraged to seek assistance at the airport ticket counter or call 001-800-ALASKAAIR.
     
Alaska has established a policy to assist ticketed passengers whose travel plans have been impacted by the hurricane. Details on the policy and the status of Cancún flights are available at the carrier's Web site at alaskaair.com.

Alaska serves six other Mexican resort destinations from Los Angeles International Airport, including Loreto, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and Mazatlán. The carrier also flies to Guadalajara and Mexico City.
     
Alaska Airlines and sister carrier, Horizon Air, together serve 88 cities through an expansive network throughout Alaska, the Lower 48, Canada and Mexico. For reservations visit alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air newsroom at http://newsroom.alaskaair.com.