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San Diego will fly direct to Cancun for the 1st time in a decade

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Giving Yucatan tourism another bump, a Southern California airport is re-starting direct flights to Cancun.

The San Diego International Airport will offer fall and winter flights to the Yucatan Peninsula resort city via Alaska Airlines, said Kimberly Becker, the regional airport authority president and CEO.

Flights will run four times weekly from Nov. 20 through April 12.

“Our team has been in discussions with Alaska about nonstop service to Cancun for a couple of years, so I’m happy our diligent efforts are paying off,” said Becker.

The seasonal service to Cancun marks the first time SAN has had nonstop service to Cancun in more than a decade.

As the second-largest carrier operating from the airport, after Southwest, Alaska will serve 27 cities from San Diego. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has managed the airport since 2003.

San Diego International is the busiest single-runway airport in the United States and third-busiest in the world, behind Mumbai Airport and London Gatwick.

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