LAX'S NEW SERVICE
I'm back in L.A. and a few major announcements took place this week at my home airport of Los Angeles International (LAX) that might be of interest to you. First, Continental just announced they're launching weekly nonstop service to Havana, Cuba. Unfortunately, at this time, only Cuban-Americans (100,000 live in California) can travel there as well as government officials, journalists, researchers and other groups.
Another new service comes from Mexico's leading low-fare air carrier Volaris, which began its first international route with service from LAX to Toluca, Mexico. They will also soon be flying Oakland to Tijuana and they operate a modern fleet (average aircraft age is 2.3 years) of Airbus A320s. At Tuesday's press conference, they stated that beginning next year, Southwest Airlines will be in a code share agreement. What may matter to you, besides their low introductory rates, is that they're offering an on-time guarantee like nothing I've ever seen before. According to the CEO, Enrique Beltranena, if the plane arrives 30 minutes late, they'll refund the amount you paid for the flight -- even if it's due to a weather delay. I will believe it when I see it but I bet they'll be padding those flight times!
NEW SERVICE TO AUSTRALIA
The last bit of news is that Northwest has finally shifted all of their departures and arrivals from Terminal 2 to 5 (my cousin Willem was on their second to last flight out of T2). Also, Delta is launching nonstop service to Sydney on July 1, making the fares even cheaper to Australia. So now, travelers have four choices of nonstop service: Qantas, United, Delta and V Australia. Round-trip tickets can be had for as low as $710 R/T including taxes and fees. I just flew V Australia this week and their plane and service were simply amazing (more later). Good on ya, mates!