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Mexicana Airlines Inaugurates New Nonstop Flights to Mexico City from OAK

Mexicana Airlines Inaugurates New Nonstop Flights to Mexico City from OAK

Press Releases
February 16th, 2005

-- Carrier Also Adds New Service to Mexico Beach Destinations --

Oakland, Calif. - Mexicana Airlines recently inaugurated nonstop service between Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Mexico City (MEX). This new service marks the first time that OAK has had nonstop flights to MEX. Additionally, Mexicana recently added nonstop and one-stop flights between OAK and the popular beach destinations of Cancun (CUN), Los Cabos (SJD) and Puerto Vallarta (PVR). Service from OAK to SJD was inaugurated in January and will resume in March.

"For the first time, convenient travel is now available from Oakland International between the business centers of the San Francisco Bay Area and Mexico's capital. Mexicana has been a long-time tenant of the airport with flights to Guadalajara and Zacatecas, and is now investing in its future at Oakland by adding important new service to Mexico City," said Steve Grossman, director of aviation for the Port of Oakland. "Also, with Mexicana's new service to Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, travelers to these beach destinations have more choices from Oakland."

The twice-weekly OAK-MEX nonstop flights operate as follows:

OAK to MEX
Depart - Arrive
11:50 p.m.-5:50 a.m. (next day)
Friday and Sunday

MEX to OAK
Depart - Arrive
8 p.m.-10 p.m.
Wednesday and Saturday

Mexicana's direct flights between OAK and the Mexico beach cities of CUN and PVR operate as follows:

OAK to CUN
Depart - Arrive
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday and Sunday

CUN to OAK
Depart - Arrive
5:20 p.m.-9:10 p.m.
Thursday and Sunday

OAK to PVR
Depart - Arrive
6 a.m.-11:35 a.m. - Monday only
9 a.m.-2:35 p.m. - Friday only

PVR to OAK
Depart - Arrive
12:15 p.m.-2:10 p.m. - Monday only
*3:25 p.m.-6:40 p.m. - Friday only
*One stop in SJD.

Mexicana also introduced new service from OAK to SJD in January. The flights are not operating in February, but are scheduled to resume in March.

In addition to new MEX, CUN, PVR and SJD service, Mexicana operates nonstop flights from OAK to Guadalajara and Zacatecas. Mexicana flights operate from OAK's Terminal 1.

Visit mexicana.com or call Mexicana at 1-800-531-7921 for more information.

OAK has over 200 flights a day on 12 domestic and international carriers to 39 nonstop destinations, including Atlanta, Boston, the Hawaiian Islands, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Mexico beach cities, and seasonal service to the Azores (Portugal), Costa Rica and Sun Valley, Idaho. OAK served 14.1 million passengers and handled 672,000 metric tons of cargo in 2004.The airport is a revenue division of the Port of Oakland, an independent department of the city of Oakland.

OAK broke ground on its Terminal 2 improvement project in April 2004. This $110 million project, to be completed by fall 2006, includes construction of a new concourse with five additional boarding gates and waiting areas; a modern, centralized food, beverage and retail shopping area; expanded ticketing, security and baggage claim facilities; and new utilities. Also, the airport expects to begin improvements to the terminal roadway and curbside areas in spring 2005 to ease congestion in front of the terminals. Visit oaklandairport.com for more information.

-OAK-

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