US-based low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines has launched its first ever San Francisco Bay Area international flight services from Oakland International Airport (OAK) in California, US.

The US airline will provide daily service from the Bay Area to popular destinations on the Mexican Riviera, Puerto Vallarta and San Jose del Cabo / Los Cabos.

Southwest Airlines Finance and Controller vice-president Leah Koontz said: “Linking the East and North Bay to these Mexican beach resort areas with time-saving itineraries brings our customers low-fare and high-value service that traffic patterns show is already important in their lives.

“We’re adding nonstop service that extends the reach of Oakland’s convenient and easy airport experience to bring two of the top-ranking international destinations that currently don’t have a nonstop option.”

“These new nonstop flights translate to greatly reduced journey times for sun and fun seekers, resulting in more time at the destination."

The Southwest Airlines’ international flights began their service on the 90th anniversary of the Port of Oakland, which operates the OAK.

Port of Oakland Aviation director Bryant L. Francis said: “We’re thrilled that Southwest continues to have East and North Bay residents in mind, adding these two often requested routes from Oakland, home of their largest and most extensive Bay Area operation.

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“Travellers across Southwest’s western network – in particular those in Reno-Tahoe, Boise, Spokane, and Portland – also now have faster and more reliable options by connecting here at OAK.

“These new nonstop flights translate to greatly reduced journey times for sun and fun seekers, resulting in more time at the destination.”

The launch of the new services by Southwest Airlines from OAK is in line with the recent improvements made by the airport in order to handle a significant rise in international passenger volumes during this year.