SAN FELIPE, Mexico, Nov. 19, 2014 – Baja California Tourism announces commercial airline service from the United States to San Felipe via SeaPort Airlines, which will begin direct flights from San Diego International Airport (SAN) on Dec. 15. The service will also provide access to San Felipe from Los Angeles via a convenient connection at San Diego with SeaPort's nonstop flights to Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR).
As Baja California’s only scheduled airline service, this will also be the first international destination for SeaPort Airlines, expanding upon its current network of 23 airports across nine states. The new route will initially operate four times each week on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, with 9-passenger Cessna Caravan aircrafts making one roundtrip flight per day. Flights will depart from San Diego at 9:15 a.m. and arrive in San Felipe approximately 10:35 a.m., with a return flight to San Diego departing at 11:30 a.m. and arriving at approximately 12:50 p.m.
“A San Felipe route has been in extremely high demand,” said Rob McKinney, President of SeaPort Airlines. “We’re so pleased to be the only airline to deliver this exciting new offering, and to further provide the best in commuter air service to our guests.”
Flights are available for sale at www.SeaPortAirlines.com or by calling 888-573-2767. Tickets may also be purchased through a travel agent or online travel agencies, such as Travelocity, Expedia, and Hipmunk. Current and future interline ticketing and baggage agreements with other U.S. carriers will give travelers from other locations across the U.S. and Canada the ability to book seamless connections through San Diego onto San Felipe. Special hotel rates will also be available for SeaPort Airlines passengers at www.sanfelipemarinaresort.com.mx through a partnership with the San Felipe Marina Resort.
“This is a significant milestone in improving the convenience for American travelers to visit San Felipe, and Baja California,” said Baja California State Tourism Secretary Oscar Escobedo. “With this quicker access, now even more visitors will be able to experience the coastal town’s beautiful scenery, exciting activities, and amazing cuisine.”
San Felipe is located on the eastern side of the Baja California peninsula, 130 miles south of Mexicali on Highway 5, typically about a four-hour road trip from San Diego. Known as the “gateway to the Sea of Cortez,” San Felipe draws travelers from around the world and is famous for its crystal clear waters and giant natural blue shrimp. The Sea of Cortez is ideal for kayaking, diving, swimming, and boasts some of the warmest waters in the closest proximity to Southern California. Sand dunes and the region’s rough terrain make an excellent environment for four wheel vehicles, rock climbing and off-road cycling. Nearby attractions include Puertecitos Hot Springs, and the thousand-year-old “Valley of the Giants,” a natural reserve forest featuring the world’s largest Cardon Cactus.
For more information about San Felipe and Baja California, visit discoverbajacalifornia.com.
About Baja California
Located just south of San Diego, Baja California, Mexico offers stunning Pacific Ocean beaches, warm waters of the Sea of Cortez, as well as forests, mountains, deserts and bays. The state’s five municipalities, Ensenada, Mexicali, Playas de Rosarito, Tecate and Tijuana, have unparalleled landscapes of tremendous beauty. Visitors can enjoy a variety of attractions including sport fishing, bike riding, off road racing as well as exploring the missions, cave paintings and wine country, among others. For more information, visit www.discoverbajacalifornia.com, follow us on Twitter at @discoverbaja, and like us on Facebook.
About SeaPort Airlines
Portland, Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines, Inc. operates daily scheduled flights in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas. SeaPort Airlines reservations can be made by calling 888-573-2767, at www.SeaPortAirlines.com, or through all major GDSs. The company currently has an interline ticketing and baggage agreement with Alaska Airlines and is working to establish similar agreements with other U.S. and international carriers. Follow SeaPort on Facebook and Twitter.