Alaska Airways is constant its worldwide growth, with one other path to Central America.
Alaska provides Los Angeles to Guatemala Metropolis route
As of December 14, 2023, Alaska Airways will add a brand new each day year-round flight between Los Angeles (LAX) and Guatemala Metropolis (GUA). The brand new route will function with the next schedule:
AS1353 Los Angeles to Guatemala Metropolis departing 11:15PM arriving 6:00AM (+1 day)
AS1354 Guatemala Metropolis to Los Angeles departing 11:45AM arriving 3:10PM
The two,194-mile flight is blocked at 4hr45min southbound and 5hr24min northbound. Alaska will use a Boeing 737-800 for the route, that includes 159 seats, together with 16 firstclass seats.
How this suits into Alaska Airways’ route community
This new service would be the first time that Alaska Airways flies to Guatemala Metropolis. Nonetheless, it’s not the service’s first service to Central America, as Alaska additionally flies to Belize and Costa Rica. From Los Angeles, Alaska claims to have essentially the most locations throughout Latin America of any service, which incorporates as much as 18 each day nonstop flights this winter to 12 cities all through the area.
Guatemala has change into an more and more widespread vacationer vacation spot amongst Individuals in recent times, and it’s a spot I’ve been wanting to go to. Right here’s how Alaska describes the attract of the vacation spot:
Guatemala Metropolis is stuffed with historical past and structure. Exterior the capital, there’s lots to discover. The city of Antigua boasts Baroque-style buildings, farm-to-table eating places and a showcase of artwork and textiles. Lake Atitlán, shaped inside an enormous volcanic crater, is a well-liked vacation spot with its blue waters, beautiful hillsides and quaint villages that ring the lake. For journey seekers, Guatemala is a nation of volcanoes with a number of which can be accessible for climbing and exploring.
So far as the viability of this route goes, one main consideration is that it is a extremely aggressive market, as the identical route is served by Avianca, Delta, and United, so Alaska would be the fourth airline to supply nonstop service.
I’m somewhat puzzled by the plane utilization, although, because the airplane will sit on the bottom in Guatemala for 5hr45min day by day. Because it’s a redeye to Guatemala, is the later return to the USA to permit for connections in Guatemala, or why not cut back the plane’s floor time by 4 hours or so?
Alaska Airways has introduced that it’s latest worldwide vacation spot will likely be Guatemala Metropolis, because the airline will supply each day service there as of December 2023. This would be the third nation that Alaska flies to in Central America.
Alaska has traditionally been strongest domestically (together with to Hawaii and Alaska), and to Mexico, and it’s good to see the service’s continued progress to different nations.
What do you make of Alaska’s new service to Guatemala Metropolis?