Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 | 11:47 a.m.
Southwest Airlines has announced a code-share agreement with a Mexican airline that eventually would lead to connecting flights throughout Mexico.
Volaris, an airline founded in 2006 currently serving 39 routes in 23 cities, is the partner airline for Southwest, the busiest operator at McCarran International Airport.
Southwest said it plans to work on details of the agreement next year and would announce flight schedules, routes and fares by early 2010. But the company expects to enable customers the ability to purchase tickets on Southwest’s Web site and provide seamless schedules and baggage transports.
Currently, Volaris has no flights into the United States and Southwest has no plans for transborder flying, but one of Volaris’ busiest destinations is Tijuana, just across the border from San Diego.
Southwest also is in the midst of developing its code-share agreement with Canada-based WestJet Airlines.
Volaris is based in Toluca, about an hour’s drive from Mexico City. The airline serves most of the major resort cities on both coasts of Mexico. It operates a fleet of 18 new Airbus A319 and A320 twin-engine jets.