Alaska Airlines is strengthening its footprint in Mexico by launching two new nonstop flights for the winter season.

In November, the Seattle-based carrier will begin service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to La Paz International Airport (LAP). With three weekly round trips, Alaska said it will be the only US airline serving La Paz, the capital of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The city is located about 100 miles north of the popular Los Cabos resort area.

Then, in February, Alaska will begin daily nonstop flights from LAX to Monterey International Airport (MTY), joining several other airlines serving the city from the US.

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Route details

Here are the details of the two new routes to Alaska:

  • LAX-LAP — Launches November 20, operating two to three times weekly
  • LAX-MTY — Launches on February 13, 2025; Runs daily

Both routes will be operated with Embraer E175 aircraft, with 12 seats in First Class, 16 in Alaska Premium Class and 48 seats in the main cabin.

Monterey Service

In launching service to Monterrey, Alaska will join a handful of US and Mexican carriers that operate nonstop service from that city to the US.

The “Big Three” US carriers (American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines) all operate flights from Monterey to their hubs. Aeromexico also has nonstops at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), the home base of its joint venture partner Delta.

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And Mexican low-cost carrier Viva Aerobus operates flights from Monterrey to about a dozen U.S. cities, per Cerium.

La Paz service

Although this La Paz service is novel to Alaska, it has technically flown to the city before.

Alaska last flew to the city in 2013 and earlier, with its regional affiliate Horizon Air operating Dash 8 turboprop aircraft at the time, according to data from aviation analytics firm Sirius.

Alaska de Havilland Dash 8-400 in 2021 in Santa Rosa, California. Bing Guan/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Located on the eastern side of the southern Baja California peninsula, La Paz is about a 2 1/2-hour drive from Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), the region’s busiest airport.

The city is set on the water, and is home to a few hotels you can book on points — including one property that just opened and another that’s coming soon.

Travelers with IHG One Rewards points can count toward the 115-room Hotel Indigo La Paz Puerta Cortes, which opened in January and features a spa, infinity pool, beach club and two restaurants. It is part of the rapid global expansion of the Hotel Indigo brand.

Meanwhile, the 90-room Perla La Paz is set to join the Hilton’s Tapestry Collection after a $10 million renovation, which dates back to the 1940s. The hotel should open in January, according to Hilton’s booking channels.

Bottom line

With these two flights, Alaska will offer service to a total of 10 destinations in Mexico from LAX in February at the height of the winter season.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Alaska Mexico route map as of February 2025. CIRIUM

The carrier noted strong interest in warm-weather destinations, especially during the winter months, as the rationale for this launch.

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