Southwest Airlines subsidiary AirTran has revealed plans to expand a year-long push into the Mexican market, applying for two new routes to Cancun from Denver, Colorado, and Austin, Texas.
The carrier applied on 18 January for rights to operate 137-seat Boeing 737-700s year-round on both routes, with Denver service to begin on 16 April and the Austin flight launching on 25 May.
The service would alternate between daily flights in peak travel season from December through June, and several times a week during off-peak months, AirTran said.
The carrier faces no competition on non-stop flights so far between Austin and Cancun, according to Innovata routes database.
On the Denver route, AirTran would compete against two carriers -- United Airlines offering service several times a week with a 138-seat Airbus A320, and Frontier Airlines flying daily with a 162-seat A320.
AirTran's push into the Mexican travel market has recently sparked a regulatory feud with Frontier over rights to fly between the Chicago-Midway airport and Cancun. AirTran and Southwest have filed objections against Frontier's application to assume flights previously operated by charter airline USA3000.
Meanwhile, AirTran in November also announced plans to fly to Cancun from San Antonio, Texas, and to Orange County, California from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.