Just a couple of weeks after JetBlue started flying I used them to Ft. Lauderdale. I was very impressed. We all know they have grown tremendously and are today almost alone in being a profitable airline. I've recently had the privilege of flying with Interjet, a new Mexican airline that reminds me a lot of JetBlue. If you're planning to travel around in Mexico you must try this phenomenal company. They make traveling by plane easy, effortless, cheap, and comfortable.
If you been to Europe you might know of the travel revolution that was started by Ryan Air. They are a no frills airline which uses new planes and sells incredibly cheap tickets. Many times just a few dollars for a flight between major European cities. They do charge extra for food and bags but it usually adds up to pocket change. Interjet is not quite that cheap but don't charge extra for anything and provide service that is far superior. What they do have in common with Ryan Air is their strategy of using a smaller airport to cut costs and improve service.
Interjet uses brand new Airbus 320 planes with the most legroom I've ever seen. It's like sitting in an "EXIT" row. I'm a tall guy but have no problems stretching my legs. All flights leave out of Toluca, which is about an hour from Mexico City. The beauty of Toluca is the toll road which runs the whole distance and is without any traffic. No traffic is unheard of in this traffic clogged city but driving to Toluca is a joy. Going to the "regular" international airport takes about the same time but it's a trip through traffic and everything is a hassle at the airport.
Everything is easy at the small Toluca airport. Unloading is relaxed, long term parking a few minutes away, and check-in is fast. We've so far done three flights with Interjet and had the same great experience on all flights. They are efficient, friendly, and competent.
In their simple lounge they've got complimentary Wifi which is always a plus and when you land your bags are likely to be waiting for you. They are that efficient. Since we've been traveling on off-peak days our flights have also been close to empty. This is a huge relief while traveling with kids, especially with Annika who is too small for her own seat. If you don't feel like using a car to the airport there are large comfortable buses leaving from key locations in Mexico City making things easy. And I must also mention that they have a changing table in the men's restroom. Unheard of in Mexico!
If you're in Mexico looking for cheap, comfortable, and eficient lights to most vacation destinatons, give Interjet a try. I'm an extremly esperienced traveler and not easily impressed but Interjet is doing a great job. The only downside is they make me never want to travel with Continental/SAS/American/United/Air France/KLM again.
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