Southwest looks to add Oakland-Mexico nonstops

Southwest Airlines announced last week it was making efforts to add flights from Oakland to areas in Mexico not otherwise directly served by Bay Area airports.

Southwest Airlines officials announced during a news event at the Oakland International Airport that it filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to make nonstop flights to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.

If the federal agency gives its approval, service to these beach resort areas in Mexico could begin in February 2017.

“Los Cabos, in particular, is the most requested international destination from the East Bay that does not have a nonstop option and Puerto Vallarta is also very popular with Bay Area travelers,” Bryant Francis, Port of Oakland’s director of aviation, said in a statement.

Francis added that Oakland International Airport is the state’s fastest growing airport under certain measures in large part because of investments by Southwest Airlines over the past two years.

As recently as last month, the airline added new daily service to Long Beach, Reno-Tahoe and St. Louis at the airport, adding more than 1,000 daily outbound seats.