With the mainstream media seemingly nothing but a non-stop torrent of negative news stories surrounding travel, it can be hard to find things to smile about during the pandemic as a traveler. However, some good news came this week courtesy of some of the brightest planes around.
Spirit Airlines, the ultra-low-cost carrier famed for its bright yellow aircraft based out of the sunshine state itself, has announced that it is expanding into the international market, with flights added to Mexico from several destinations. Here are more details about the move by the ambitious airline, plus a look at the travel restrictions currently in place for those hoping to visit Mexico.
Expanding Across The Border – What Travelers Should Know
With their close proximity to one another and shared borders, it’s hardly a surprise that almost 11 million Americans visited Mexico in 2019, before the pandemic dominated the airwaves. Yet whilst so many Americans are either confined to their homes or resigned to stay in them, airlines have been hard at work adding flights and boosting connectivity to Mexico for when travel becomes the norm once more.
That’s certainly the case for Spirit Airlines, who have this week announced that they will be adding flights to Puerto Vallarta, the popular beach resort on Mexico’s Pacific coast, and Los Cabos airport, Cabo San Lucas.
From May 5th, Spirit will be offering daily direct flights between Los Angeles and Los Cabos, whilst its flights to Puerto Vallarta’s Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport will begin from July 1st. Not only is this good news for American travelers, but it is also a significant step for the airline, marking their first international flights out of Los Angeles.
Speaking about the new routes, Spirit’s vice president of network planning John Kirby said:
“Our new non-stop routes to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta mark our first ever international service out of LAX, and are great complements to our beyond continental 48 route map, which now serves 30 destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean.”
The airline has also extended its network of domestic flights, adding a connection between Los Angeles and St. Louis from May 27th, building on its recently announced flights to Columbus, Louisville, LaGuardia and Milwaukee out of LAX. These new flights will make LAX its fourth-largest operating base, behind Fort Lauderdale, Orland and Las Vegas. Spirit has also expressed an interest in having more gate space at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, showing that the sky really is the limit when it comes to the future of the plucky airline.
Visiting Mexico – What Travelers Should Know
Despite the pandemic limiting travel for many around the world, it hasn’t stopped Americans from visiting Mexico in their droves. Travel to Mexico is barely restricted at present compared to many countries around the world; there are no testing requirements for those heading to Mexico, nor do travelers have to quarantine upon arrival. All travelers need to do is fill in an online health declaration prior to arrival.
Whilst Americans need to take a negative PCR test in order to return home to the US, Mexico has simplified this process by having free testing facilities readily available at various airports, resorts and hotels, making the country an increasingly attractive proposition for travel-starved Americans.
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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories