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Southwest Airlines Flights Take Off from Oakland to Mexico for First Time Ever

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    Southwest Airlines Flights Take Off from Oakland to Mexico for First Time Ever
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    Passengers at Oakland International Airport board a flight bound for Los Cabos International Airport. (Feb. 12, 2017)

    Two Southwest Airlines flights leaving Oakland International Airport on Saturday checked off a milestone for the commercial carrier.

    The airline launched its first ever nonstop flights from Oakland International Airport to destinations outside of the country, according to the airline. Those two destinations over the border were Puerto Vallarta International Airport and Los Cabos International Airport.

    Ushering in the new service from the Bay Area to Mexico was something that customers were clamoring for, Leah Koontz from Southwest Airlines said.

    "Our customers here in California love to go to Mexico and it is so nice for us to be able to bring nonstop service here out of the Bay Area to those customers who love to travel to those tropical destinations down in Mexico," she said.

    A mariachi band, cake and balloons were commissioned to celebrate the momentous event.

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