Eastern Airlines, a legendary carrier founded in the early days of commercial aviation that relaunched earlier this year, has announced twice-weekly service beginning Aug. 29 from New York’s JFK International Airport to Los Cabos.
“We are very excited to grow our network and add the first non-stop flights between New York City and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico,” said Steve Harfst, Eastern’s president & CEO, in a statement. “Eastern is looking forward to connecting customers with the Baja experience by providing great travel options as well as convenient, non-stop service to one of the most luxurious destinations in the world.”
Rodrigo Esponda, managing director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board, said, “This is very exciting news for us. After so many years of trying to get an airline partner in New York, we now have a fantastic opportunity to attract travelers in the New York metropolitan area with Eastern’s new service.”
Josh Bustos, Eastern’s senior marketing director, said, “We’re very proud of our legacy, but we’re a brand-new version of Eastern. We are the first airline in recent memory to offer direct service from JFK to Los Cabos, a premier destination well-suited to the New York market. We are also the only non-legacy U.S. airline with scheduled service operating wide-body aircraft.”
Eastern Airlines maintains a fleet of wide-body, long-range Boeing 767 and 777 aircraft. Seat configuration is generous, Butos noted, with extra legroom for all passengers.
As part of its inaugural flight celebration, Eastern is offering tickets starting at $199 roundtrip through Nov. 18, including all taxes and fees. Seats are limited. In addition, each traveler’s gear flies free of charge. That includes sports equipment, from golf bags to surfboards. “Our motto is, ‘Leave no bag behind,’” Bustos said.
Outbound flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Los Cabos (SJD) are on Saturday. Inbound flights from Los Cabos to JFK are on Wednesday. Arrival time in Cabo is 1:45 p.m. (Mountain Time), which gives visitors an opportunity to enjoy the warm sunny weather as soon as they touch down.