The Mexico Tourism Board announced the last January 30th that Mexico’s global air connectivity continues to grow at a record pace, with airlines around the world adding new routes, additional flights on existing routes, and upgrading to the latest aircraft models with larger capacities in order to meet the impressive demand for travel to Mexico.
Beyond Mexico’s world-famous sun and beach offering, growth has come from the attractiveness of Mexico’s many segments such as mega biodiversity, nature, gastronomy, luxury, high profile events like F1, sport and adventure, cultural traditions like Day of the Dead, weddings, romance, meetings and events industries and retirees.
Regarding to the United States market Lourdes Berho, general director of the Tourism Promotion Council of Mexico (CPTM), emphasized that we have an increase in connectivity of almost 6% due to the new Bilateral Air Services Agreement between the two nations, which in addition to open new routes, increase the number of airlines that operate the existing ones. Between the last quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of this year, 27 new flights were identified between the United States and Mexico, the general director added.
With regard to Canada, Lourdes Berho mentioned that the market showed a growth trend of 8%, during the first months of 2017, prompted by the elimination of the visa requirement, which favored the increase of the tourist exchange between both nations, particularly of tourists of that country to the main national destinations.
The director of the CPTM, added that the aerial connectivity with the Canadian market, has been a decisive factor for its growth, for example Aeroméxico, increased the frequency of its flights to the main destinations of the cities of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver and soon to give service to Calgary, which represents a new window of opportunity to attract more Canadian tourists to MexicoAs of January 2017, these new routes include:
- Aeromexico: Seoul Incheon to Mexico City, Amsterdam to Mexico City, Vancouver to Mexico City, Detroit to Monterrey, Detroit to Mexico City, Austin to Mexico City, and Calgary to Mexico City
- Air Canada Rouge: Vancouver to Cancun
- Air Transat: Vancouver to Los Cabos
- Alitalia: Rome to Mexico City
- All Nippon Airways (ANA): Tokyo Narita to Mexico City
- American Airlines: Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, Los Angeles to Cancun, Dallas to Merida, and Miami to Merida
- Condor & Neckermann: Warsaw to Cancun
- Delta Airlines: Los Angeles to Los Cabos
- Edelweiss Air: Zurich to Cancun
- Finnair: Helsinki to Puerto Vallarta
- Interjet: Chicago to Mexico City, Las Vegas to Mexico City, Los Angeles to Guadalajara, Los Angeles to Cancun, Los Angeles to Mexico City, and Dallas to Mexico City
Southwest Airlines: Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta, Los Angeles to Los Cabos, Los Angeles to Cancun, Oakland to Puerto Vallarta, and Oakland to Los Cabos
- Sunwing Airlines: Winnipeg to Mazatlan
- TUI Poland: Warsaw to Cancun
- United Airlines: Chicago to Mexico City
- Virgin America: Los Angeles to Los Cabos, Los Angeles to Cancun, and Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta
- Viva Colombia: Medellin to Cancun
- Volaris: New York JFK to Mexico City, Houston to Mexico City, Miami to Mexico City, Phoenix to Culiacan, Seattle to Guadalajara, Los Angeles to Durango, San Francisco to Mexico City, Miami to Guadalajara, Milwaukee to Guadalajara, Austin to Guadalajara, and Denver to Monterrey
Finally, the Director General of the CPTM, announced 2017 was declared by the United Nations (UN), as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
In the other hand, during the edition no.42 of Tianguis Turistico 2017 that took place from March 27 to 30 in Acapulco Diamante, Pía Oberholzer, manager of the Association of Hotels and Motels of Huatulco (AHMH) stressed that from negotiations with all the airlines, new routes such as Chicago-Huatulco have been crystallized with Volaris, in collaboration with Apple Vacations, whose flights start in November, make it a permanent route. Another permanent route with Volaris is Guadalajara-Huatulco that start operations today.Talks were held with TAR airlines company and it is planned that in a short term a new direct flight will be obtained to Huatulco, from Puebla or Querétaro, ” she said.
Connectivity and industry partnerships are critical to Mexico’s goal to appeal to a broader audience in new markets, globally. This all will help in achieving the new ambitious goal of reaching 50 million international visitors by 2021.