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SAN DIEGO -- Flights in and out of San Diego to Puerto Vallarta were back on track Saturday, following recent cancellations caused by Hurricane Patricia.

Alaska Airlines spokesman Cole Cosgrove said Puerto Vallarta's Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) has been reopened, and Saturday morning's flight from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta was on-time, as was Saturday afternoon's flight into Lindbergh Field from the popular Mexican tourist destination.

Cosgrove said all five Alaska Airlines flights from PVR flew out without a hitch Saturday thanks to little damage sustained by the city when Hurricane Patricia hit land Friday. Once the airport reopened Saturday morning, Cosgrove said airline officials assessed the situation and decided it was safe to fly out.

Weather conditions were reportedly sunny in Puerto Vallarta Saturday.

Cosgrove said passengers who were supposed to fly to San Diego Friday from Mexico are being accommodated by American Airlines staff. The airlines expect all future flights to fly on schedule, Cosgrove said.

“Our employees went above and beyond to serve our customers and still come to work during the storm,'' Cosgrove said.

American Airlines employs 22 people who live and work in Puerto Vallarta, Cosgrove said.

Updates from the airlines are being posted to their blog, blog.alaskaair.com.

Hurricane Patricia, which peaked as the strongest hurricane on record in the Western Hemisphere, made landfall in a remote place along the Mexican coast Friday. The storm has since been re-categorized as a tropical depression, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, according to The U.S. National Hurricane Center.

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