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We have been informed that Aeromexico has suspended indefinitely all flights from LAX (Los Angeles) to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point, Mexico) and from Puerto Penasco to LAX (Los Angeles). Sources have confirmed that the main reason of this decision was lack on bookings.
Aeromexico flights from Hermosillo to Puerto Penasco (or viceversa) are no longer available. This route has been canceled by the carrier until further notice.
At this time, there are no flights available between Phoenix and Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco). Many of our visitors continue to ask this question and while this could be a good business endevour to get into due to the incredible amount of travellers from Phoenix, no airlines are willing (or perhaps able) to take the risk for now. We will inform you if this changes.
So, if you can't fly with any airlines or charter companies to Puerto Penasco, you are going to need to either rent a car or buy insurance for your car plus perhaps, make reservations in one of our resorts, hotels or homes. Visit the link/page that is approrpiate for you:
In 2005, a handful of airlines popped up and offered regular flights into Penasco. Most have now scaled their offerings back - but still offer flights on a charter basis. Interest in providing more flight options into Penasco continues, however, as the town continues to boom at an amazing rate. There have been some upgrades to Penasco's existing airport - and plans for a 'commercial sized' airport located outside of town via the highway to Caborca are proceeding as well, so aviation in Penasco looks like it has a promising future.
In 2006, Westwind would like me to point out that they are now offering charter flights only - to Puerto Penasco, San Carlos, San Felipe and other areas along the Sea of Cortez. Typical charter rates from Phoenix to Puerto Penasco, roundtrip on the same day, run about $2500.00, according to Westwind. For more info, please contact them directly.
Links of interest
Fewer Numbers Of Airplanes At The Airport In June (via De Frente)
More investment for Puerto Peñasco - A New Airline Starts (via De Frente)
I spoke with Westwind's Gayle Lurenz, hoping to get a little more information on Westwind, their flights, and their plans for the future.
Question: So, if I'm Joe Vacationer from Minnesota who wants to fly into Phoenix and eventually end up in Penasco, what do I do?
A: Anyone wanting these flights can book their reservation via our toll free number, 1-888-869-0866 or via our website at www.westwindairservice.com. See question #4 for some critical details. We will require full names, address, contact phone number, weight, passport number or certified birth certificate number of each passenger. Approximate amount (weight) of luggage and a credit card to hold the reservation. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance of the flight and there is a 48 hour cancellation policy.
Question: How long does the flight take? Anything interesting along the way - for example, do you fly over Pinacate? Tucson?
A: The flight is 1 hour and 15 min. down (clear Mexico customs in Rocky Point) and approximately 1hr. 45 min. back (we clear customs in Tucson on the return. We fly scenic air tours throughout Arizona so are accustomed to flying low enough to enjoy the unique rock formations and beauty of the Sonoran Desert enroute and my favorite part is flying low over the actual border between the countries.
Question: If I'm flying into Mexico, what do I need as far as identification goes? Passport? Does Westwind handle this, or someone else? What's the drill, so to speak, with flying into a foreign country?
A: You may have seen in the papers recently, pretty much everyone is going to need a passport in the very near future. Our arrangements with customs at this time are that you must have a valid passport or a Certified Birth Certificate plus one other form of ID. You will be asked for the numbers on these documents at the time of booking and must present them upon check in on the day of your flight. Temporarily, we may only fly US Citizens. This will be expanded in the next little while but for the moment we have this restriction.
06.2005 - Update: Westwind can now fly people other than US citizens now, i.e. Canadians & Mexican Nationals. Citizens of other countries are on a case by case basis if they are part of the Visa Waiver program or have existing visas.
Question: I remember hearing about these flights last year, and then they completely disappeared - What was the holdup getting flights into Mexico? FAA? DHS? Has that all been figured out?
A: The process of getting authorization to fly commercial flights between two countries is very long and involved. Westwind began this process about a year ago and has had wonderful co-operation from both sides of the border. We made our initial announcements of service on February 18th this year. On that day we were honored to be welcomed by Governor Eduardo Bours and cabinet, to the state of Sonora. That visit was part of a larger economic development and tourism event which provided the ceremonial groundbreaking for the improvements to the existing airport.
Question: If I've got a family of, say, 6, can we all cram in the plane? What's the max seating?
A: Westwind is very proud of our fleet of Caravans (the plane, not the van :-)) They are high winged aircraft with large windows, air conditioning and are configured to seat 9 passengers. This gives everyone a window seat and a very comfortable amount of personal space. They are very new aircraft and the Caravan has been rated one of the safest, most efficient and durable aircraft in the sky today. The Cessna Caravan is a single engine turbo-prop aircraft, which, for us non-pilots, means it's like a jet engine with a propeller.
Question: Do you have group rates?
A: We do offer group pricing for specific things but please keep in mind a 'group' is 18 or more passengers. Anyone needing information on groups should contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question: Thanks! Is there anything else you'd like to tell me about Westwind?
A: Just as a little background information on the company - Westwind has been in business in Phoenix for approximately 20 years. Westwind Aviation has many departments. We are an FBO (Fixed Base Operator) for the Deer Valley Airport and as such, have full fueling, maintenance, hanger space and tiedown services for all private aircraft using our facility. We have one of the top flight schools in the country as well. We also are one of only two Caravan Service Centers in the Southwest and are a Cessna Dealer. Our Air Service department is headquartered at the Deer Valley Airport and we have a secondary base at Page, Arizona on Lake Powell. This department operates our Scenic Air Tours from both Phoenix and Page to Sedona, the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley for thousands of passengers each year. We also provide charter flights throughout the southwest and Northern Mexico and now our scheduled flights to both the Grand Canyon and Rocky Point from our Phoenix base. As you can see, we have been around for awhile and we keep busy :-)
One of the more frequent questions I get in my inbox is Can I fly into Puerto Penasco?
Until now, I had a stock response: Fly into Phoenix/Tucson and get a car, and enjoy the drive.
However, in June 2004 Scottsdale-based charter
airline Dynasty Air began
offering flights to Puerto Penasco.
So far, their website shows a Scottsdale - Rocky Point - Scottsdale roundtrip rate of $279. Apparently they are offering
Vacation Packages in conjunction with
Plaza Las Glorias as well, air fare being part of the deal.
As to what they are flying, it looks like Dynasty uses Cessna Grand Caravans.
"We feel the flights to Puerto Peñasco will be much appreciated by the many Scottsdale area
residents who have second homes there. This flight is only 50 minutes. That
sure beats the five hours it takes to drive there." - Bruce Tully, president/CEO of Dynasty Air
The article also mentions the possibility of future flights out of Tucson's airport.
We'll keep an eye on this, since Penasco is long, long overdue for a charter service like this.
I wouldn't mind taking one of those flights myself just to enjoy the overhead view of the Sonoran desert on
the way down there :)